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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.


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

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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.


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

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The Ancient World