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Portrait bust of the Emperor Maximinus (A.D. 235–238)

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The section of the neck has been replaced; the ears, particularly the left, are somewhat damaged; and there is other superficial damage. The head is ancient and, although reworked, has strong individual characteristics which confirm the identification. The greatest area of recutting is around the...

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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

Benajmin Pierce Cheney Donation

Roman, Imperial Period,

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 374; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 115-116 (additional published references).


70.2 x 20 cm (27 5/8 x 7 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Greek mainland marble; the restored neck is Italian (Luna) marble


The Ancient World