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Portrait head of a high official

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The rotund forms of this over-life-size head seem to be a revival of portraiture of the Flavian period of the late first century A.D. A retrospective image of the popular emperor Titus (A.D. 79-81) may have been intended. The simplified surfaces and the apprehensive expression, however, are...

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By date unknown: Heinz Herzer Collection; gift of Heinz Herzer to MFA, September 14, 1977

Credit Line

Gift of Heinz Herzer

Byzantine, Early Byzantine Period, late 4th–5th century

Place of Manufacture

Italy (probably)

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), no. 052.


Height: 43 cm (16 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble from Mt. Pentelikon near Athens


The Ancient World