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Portrait of a Roman man

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Characterized by hair which has been rendered by picked-out incisions to form a close-fitting cap around the skull and down the neck, this half life-sized head appears to have come from a funerary monument, perhaps even from a giant sarcophagus. A few veristic details are rendered; two wrinkles on...

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By about 1960: Charles Brickbauer Collection (acquired in Rome from a dealer who said it had come from near Tosculum); about 1961: consigned by Charles Brickbauer to John J. Klejman; 1962: Mr. and Mrs. John J. Klejman Collection (said to come from Alba Fucens east of Rome); gift of Mr. and Mrs. John J. Klejman to MFA, January 9, 1963

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Klejman

Roman, Imperial Period, Severan, A.D. 240–260

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 376; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 116 (additional published references).


Height: 18 cm (7 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble, Island or western Asiatic


The Ancient World