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Heroic ruler

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The figure, nude except for a military cloak, supporting a rudder and propping his foot on a rock, recalls the images of Alexander the Great and his successors. The short hair suggests he may be a Roman Emperor, perhaps Nero or Claudius.

Provenance

By date unknown: Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III Collection (loaned to MFA as 105.64) (said to have been found near Chester, England); gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III to MFA, May 10, 1972

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III

Roman, Imperial Period, 1st–3rd century A.D.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), no. 083.

Dimensions

Height: 10 cm (3 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

1972.375

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture