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Portrait of Augustus

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The tip of the nose has been restored; the edges of the ears are chipped; and the surface is somewhat pitted, cracked, and worn, but not unpleasingly so. In a a letter to the museum, R. Delbrueck first identified the subject as Augustus, "a replica of the bronze bust in the Vatican Library." This...

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Provenance

By date unknown: Mrs. Samuel D. Warren Collection (said to have been acquired through R. Lanciani and presumably from Rome); gift of Mrs. Samuel D. Warren to MFA, November 4, 1890

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Samuel D. Warren

Roman, Imperial Period, Julio-Claudian, about mid-1st century A.D.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 328; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 114 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height: 54.4 cm (21 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

90.163

Medium or Technique

Diorite or "probably basalt" (according to L. D. Caskey's later studies)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture