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Portrait of a philosopher

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The philosopher or magistrate, with his long, pointed beard and gaze turned heavenward, was shown standing, probably wearing the Greek pallium (a type of cloak or mantle) rather than the Roman toga. The sculptors who produced portraits of this type flourished along the Ionian coast in the period...

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From Assos (Behramkale, Turkey); Agora. 188?: excavated by the Archaeological Institute of America; gift of the Archaeological Institute of America to MFA, January 1884.

Credit Line

Gift of the Archaeological Institute of America

Byzantine, Early Byzantine Period, late 4th–5th century

Place of Manufacture

Athens or Assos, Attica or Troad, Greece or Turkey


Assos (Behramkale), Troad, Anatolia (Turkey)

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 373; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 115 (additional published references).


28.7 cm (11 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Marble from Mt. Pentelikon near Athens Crystalline Greek marble, from the northern Aegean islands (not Thasos) or western Asia Minor.


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