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The head and neck, over life-sized, were carved to be let into a bust or statue, probably one representing the emperor draped as a Greek magistrate. In proportions of features and details of hairstyle, this portrait closely resembles portraits of Hadrian made in the city of Rome, and it could...

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By date unknown: said to have been found at Athribis (Benha) near the head of the Nile Delta; by 1937: from the art market in Cairo; by date unknown: with Michel A. Abemayor; April 7, 1975: purchased by MFA from Michel A. Abemayor

Credit Line

Frank B. Bemis Fund

Roman, Imperial Period, about A.D. 130

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 356A; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 115 (additional published references).


Height (max.) x length of face: 50 cm x 30 cm (19 11/16 x 11 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble from the Greek island of Thasos


The Ancient World