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Portrait herm-bust of a poet or philosopher

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Restorations comprise the herm-bust with half of the neck, the lower part of the nose, a piece of the fillet on the right side, and part of the hair above it. The lobe on the right ear is missing. Portions of the surface of the face and beard have been cleaned. The head was probably set on a...

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By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: It is said to be from Herculaneum and comes from the Fondi Palace at Naples. Bought in Rome.); 1899: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 32,500.00 (this is the total price for MFA 99.338-99.542)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Roman, Imperial Period, 2nd century A.D.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 123.


Height (as restored): 49 cm (19 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble probably from the Greek island of Paros


The Ancient World