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Portrait of a man of intellect

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The head must have been fitted into a body wearing a tunic and wrapped in a mantle that came high up behind the figure's neck. Long beards were somewhat unfashionable in ruling circles, and the long beard here may well indicate that the man was a philosopher in the ancient Greek tradition. ...

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By date unknown: said to have been found in a well at Agia Paraskevi close to Athens, in the area of an Early Christian basilica; by 1962: with J. J. Klejman, 982 Madison Avenue, New York; purchased by MFA from J. J. Klejman, May 9, 1962

Credit Line

John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund

Roman, Eastern Mediterranean, Late Imperial Period, A.D. 275–325

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 381; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 116 (additional published references).


Height: 46.3 cm (18 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble from Mt. Pentelikon, near Athens


The Ancient World