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Portrait head of a man with curly hair

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This portrait head is probably from a statue. Despite the damages, a lively sense of the sitter's pleasant yet shrewd personality comes through to us, the broad forehead with its wrinkles and curly hair, and the little chin set amid folds of flesh. The face and surrounding hair have caught the...

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Provenance

By date unknown: said to be in the Somzée Collection; by 1962 with Mario Barsanti, Rome, Italy (acquired from Renê Withofs of Brussels); 1962: purchased by Horace L. Mayer from Mario Barsanti; August 11, 1962: loaned by Horace L. Mayer to MFA (as 158.62); gift of Horace L. Mayer to MFA, December 26, 1963

Credit Line

Gift of Horace L. Mayer

Roman Provincial?, Imperial Period, Early Flavian, A.D. 69–79

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 344; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 115 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height: 31 cm (12 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

63.2760

Medium or Technique

Marble, Dolomitic from the Greek island of Thasos

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture