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Portrait head of the Emperor Domitian (A.D. 69–98) from a relief

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Slightly over-lifesize head, turned slightly toward subject's left. Hair in two rows of curling locks around broad forehead; deep-set eyes, unexpressed pupils; mouth slightly open. Head and neck broken diagonally at back; subject's left ear, most of nose missing; chipping over right...

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By date unknown: said to be from the art market in London and from a British collection; by 1975: with Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel (Münzen und Medaillen A.G. Auktion 51, Basel, March 14/15, 1975, lot 278); by 1975: Ariel and John Herrmann Collection; year-end gift of Ariel and John Herrmann to MFA, December 30, 1983

Credit Line

Gift of Ariel and John Herrmann

Roman Provincial, Early Imperial Period, A.D. 75–95

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), no. 044.


Height: 30 cm (11 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble from Dokimeion (modern Afyon) in west-central Asia Minor


The Ancient World