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Portrait of an old man, inscribed in Greek on the support: "...son of Tharsinon made it" Few portraits in marble are signed by their sculptors, and such a signature normally signals a work of excellence and importance. The harshly realistic style probably reflects the influence of early Roman...

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Inscription

Inscribed in Greek on the support: "...son of Tharsinon made it."

Provenance

By 1991: with Bruce & Ingrid McAlpine, One the Vale, London, SW3 6AG, England; purchased by Shelby White and Leon Levy (1/2 interest) and by MFA with funds given by Jerome Levy Foundation (1/2 interest) from Bruce & Ingrid McAlpine, May 26, 1992

Credit Line

Collection of Shelby White and Leon Levy and Museum purchase with funds donated by the Jerome Levy Foundation

Greek, Late Hellenistic Period, about 70–60 B.C.

Dimensions

Height: 40.6 cm (16 in.)

Accession Number

1992.196

Medium or Technique

Marble, perhaps from the Greek island of Paros

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture