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The tip of the nose has been damaged slightly, and there are dark discolorations in the marble. Otherwise, the condition is good. A crown of laurel leaves circles the head and meets in front. The hair is parted above the forehead and is drawn back to a knot behind, in a fashion typical of...

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By date unknown: said to be in the Ludovisi Collection; by 1888: with R. Lanciani (said to come from the Ludovisi villa); purchased by MFA from R. Lanciani, December 8, 1888, for $173.91 (this is the total price for MFA 89.4-89.8)

Credit Line

Benjamin Pierce Cheney Donation


Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 187; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 112 (additional published references).


26.5 x 12 cm (10 7/16 x 4 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble, probably from western Asia Minor


The Ancient World