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Portrait head of a famous Roman of the Late Republic

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This is a veristic portrait of a thin-faced old man with familiar features. The head presumably from a bust after an original from a draped statue, seems to belong to the group of the bronze "Julius Caesar" in the Museo Nazionale Romano, which is to be regarded as a Renaissance creation based...

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By date unknown: Dr. Herbert A. Cahn Collection (said to have been found many years ago in the Lago di Bracciano); gift of Dr. Herbert A. Cahn to MFA, May 12, 1971

Credit Line

Gift of Dr. Herbert A. Cahn

Roman, Imperial Period, Flavian or Trajanic, about A.D. 70–110

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 323; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA, p. 114 (additional published references).


Height: 23 cm (9 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble from Carrara, Italy


The Ancient World