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The portrait has been executed in a style influenced by Antonine imperial heads, notably likenesses of the Emperors Antoninus Pius (138-161) and Marcus Aurelius (161-180). However, the details of the large eyes, the half-moon pupils and heavy lids, and the frozen quality imparted to hair and...

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By date unknown: with Hesperia Art, 2219 St. James Place, Philadelphia 3, Pa. (according to a letter dated May 31, 1958: from Isola Sacra in the Tiber near Ostia); purchased by MFA from Hesperia Art, November 13, 1958, for $ 5,000.00

Credit Line

Otis Norcross Fund

Roman, Imperial Period, about A.D. 250–260

Place of Manufacture

Lazio, Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 377; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 116 (additional published references).


Height: 39.4 cm (15 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble, probably from the Greek island of Paros


The Ancient World