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Portrait head of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius

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The nose is missing, and the left side of the head shows major damage to the original marble surface. A major part of the left eye, the mouth, the beard at the chin, and much of the rest of the left side of the face has been turned into calcium sulfate (gypsum). A large rectangular hole, for...

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1907: acquired in Rome by Mr. Laurent's father; by 1971: Mr. and Mrs. John Laurent Collection; gift of Mr. and Mrs. John Laurent to MFA, March 10, 1971

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John Laurent

Roman, Imperial Period, Antonine, about A.D. 170

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 365; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 115 (additional published references).


Height: 37 cm (14 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble, Dolomitic from the Greek island of Thasos


The Ancient World