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Originally the relief presented the portrait busts of an unknown man and his wife within deeply scalloped, shell-like niches which were surrounded by ornamental wreaths. This fragment preserves the faces of the two intact except for damage from exposure, but most of the bust and left-hand side...

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By 1972: with Miss Jeannette Brun, Dufourstrasse 119, Zurich 8008, Switzerland (said to come from a Swiss private collection); purchased by MFA from Miss Jeannette Brun, October 11, 1972

Credit Line

Mary S. and Edward Jackson Holmes Fund

Roman, Late Republican or Early Imperial Period, Late 1st century B.C. or early 1st century A.D.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 325; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 114 (additional published references).


Overall: 60 x 120 x 152 cm (23 5/8 x 47 1/4 x 59 13/16 in.) Case (Painted wooden base): 124.5 x 66 x 172.1 cm (49 x 26 x 67 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble, from Carrara, Italy


The Ancient World