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Miniature portrait bust of a general wearing a chlamys

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A military commander, with a square hairline and short beard, is dressed in a cloak fastened with a cross-bow fibula. The forehead has severe tension lines and the hair is marked with heavy incisions. Surface is polished and perhaps waxed or lacquered. Small square perforation at top of head.


By 1989: with Royal Athena Galleries, 153 E. 57th Street, New York, NY 10022; gift of Dr. and Mrs. Jerome M. Eisenberg to MFA, April 22, 1992

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Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Jerome M. Eisenberg

Roman, Late Imperial Period, about A.D. 300–325


H: 0.05 m. W: at shoulders: 0.045 m.

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The Ancient World