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The nose is missing, having been formerly restored; there is a break on the left eyebrow; the right half of the mustache and the right ear have also been damaged, as has the rim of the left. The neck was broken into three pieces and has been rejoined. The surfaces are fairly clean. This statue...

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Said to have been brought from Rome in the seventeenth century; in the collection of Thomas 8th Earl of Pembroke (1654-1732), Wilton House, Wiltshire, England; until 1961: Earl of Pembroke Collection at Wilton House; 1961: with Christie, Manson & Woods, Ltd., 8 King Street, St. James's, London, S.W. 1 (auction of marbles from the Earl of Pembroke collection, July 3, 1961, lot 114); by 1967: with Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland (auction 34, May 6, 1967, lot 204); purchased at the Münzen und Medallion auction by Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III; loaned to MFA by Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III, June 29, 1967 (as 179.67); gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III in the name of Cornelius Adrian Comstock Vermeule to MFA, December 17, 1986

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Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III in the Name of Cornelius Adrian Comstock Vermeule

Greco-Roman, Imperial Period, about A.D. 150

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 124; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 110 (additional published references).


37.5 cm (14 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble from Mt. Pentelikon near Athens


The Ancient World