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Portrait head of the Emperor Domitian idealized as Hercules

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Portrait head of the Emperor Domitian, idealized as Hercules.The head bears the heavy wreath (acanthus, poplar or grape leaves) tied with a broad fillet and the cauliflower ears of a young beardless Herakles of the Genzano type. The hair, neatly clipped and combed into several tiers, is Flavian...

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By 1978: with Edward H. Merrin Gallery, 724 Fifth Avenue, New York 10019 (according to entry 45 in Sculpture in Stone and Bronze: from a private collection in Chicago and originally from Rome); purchased by MFA from Edward H. Merrin Gallery, September 13, 1978

Credit Line

Frank B. Bemis Fund

Roman, Early Imperial Period, Flavian, Late 1st century A.D.

Place of Manufacture

Italy (Central)

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), no. 045.


Height: 20.5 cm (8 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Marble from Carrara in northwest Italy


The Ancient World