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The magistrate, or otherwise distinguished citizen of Aphrodisias, has curly hair forming a mop-like enframement to his long face and a "stippled" beard. The top of the head has flat strands of hair, roughly worked and radiating from the crown; the curls on the back of the head, above the neck,...

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1904, excavated at the Baths of Hadrian, Aphrodisias, Caria, Turkey, by Paul Augustin Gaudin (b. 1858 – d. 1921) and subsequently shipped to Europe [see note 1]. 1970, Jerome M. Eisenberg (dealer), New York [see note 2]; 1971, gift of Jerome M. Eisenberg and Richard Titelman to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 13, 1971) NOTES: [1] Kenan T. Erim, “De Aphrodisiade,” American Journal of Archaeology 71, no. 3 (July, 1967), pp. 237-238, fig. 15. [2] Lent to the MFA May 8, 1970 and said to have been acquired in Paris.

Credit Line

Gift of Jerome M. Eisenberg and Richard Titelman

Byzantine, Early Byzantine Period, Late 5th–early 6th century A.D.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 382; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 116 (additional published references).


Height: 21 cm (8 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble, from Göktepe near Aphrodisias


The Ancient World