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Portrait of a man

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This head of a now anonymous man once belonged to a life-size bronze statue. Sunken eyes, a lined face, and a furrowed brow lend the portrait an air of mature gravity. The combination of short, thick, curly hair with a closely cropped beard dates the work to the early third century A.D., when...

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Provenance

According to Lanciani, Ruins and Excavations of Ancient Rome (1897), pp. 24-25, the head was found in the Tiber in 1878 and bought many years later by Alessandro Castellani; by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Rome, said to have been found in Tiber) (MFA Bronze catalogue added the location of Ponte Sisto); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, October 1896

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund

Roman, Imperial Period, A.D. 200–230

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 175; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 121 (additional published references); Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 178-179.

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

96.703

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture