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Portrait of a bald man

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The over-life sized portrait presents an old man either completely bald or with his head closely shaven. The surface was left slightly rough at the back of the skull, indicating a draped statue set in a niche or against a wall. Unsparing naturalism has been used for all individual details, the...

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By 1899: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Rome. 1899); 1899: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 32,500.00 (this is the total price for MFA 99.338-99.542)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Roman, Late Republican Period, about 60–30 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 321; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 114 (additional published references).


Height x length (of face): 33 x 25 cm (13 x 9 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble, from Dokimeion in Phrygia (modern Turkey)


The Ancient World