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Portrait of the Emperor Augustus

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The head, in profile to the left, is from a high relief. The emperor is crowned with a laurel wreath, and he probably wore an elaborately draped toga. He may well have been shown participating in a civic ceremony such as a sacrifice in the presence of other officials and figures of the gods. ...

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Provenance

By date unknown: Jerome M. Eisenberg and Frederick Richman Collections (said to be from the Salamis region and from an old American collection [Cesnola?]); gift of Jerome M. Eisenberg and Frederick Richman to MFA, September 15, 1971

Credit Line

Gift of Jerome M. Eisenberg and Fred M. Richman

Roman Provincial, Early Imperial Period, Late 1st century B.C.–early 1st century A.D.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 463; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 117 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 32.5 x 21.5 x 16.5 cm (12 13/16 x 8 7/16 x 6 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

1971.325

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture