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Portrait bust of Vespasian, recarved from a bust of Nero

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The portrait of the Roman emperor Vespasian depicts him realistically as a bald, wrinkled man, wearing a paludamentum (military cloak) fastened on his right shoulder. The hair atop his head and temples is thin and brushed forward, while that on the nape of his neck is thick, arranged...

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By date unknown: Count Michel Tyszkiewicz Collection; 1898: auction of the M. Tyszkiewicz Collection, Hotel des Commissaires-Priseurs, 9 rue Drouot, Paris, June 8-10, lot 239; 1898: with Edward Perry Warren; 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

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Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Roman, Imperial Period, A.D. 54–69 (re-carved after A.D. 69)


Height: 11.5 cm (4 1/2 in.)

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The Ancient World