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Portrait of a man; perhaps the Emperor Maximianus Herculeus

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The identification as the Emperor Marcus Aurelius Valerius Maximianus (titled Herculeus after his patron god or hero) is based on coins struck in the mints of Rome and the western empire from about AD 296 to 308. The cubistic, linear style seen on these coins was a short-lived artistic...

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By 1961: with Münzen und Medaillen, A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland (said to come from the Via Appia, Minturno); November 8, 1961: purchased by MFA from Münzen & Medaillen A.G. for $ 750-.

Credit Line

Samuel Putnam Avery Fund

Roman, Late Imperial Period, late 3rd–early 4th century

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 378; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 116 (additional published references).


Height: 24.7 cm (9 3/4 in.)

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The Ancient World