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Portrait of a small boy

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This is the portrait of a boy two to three years old; the plump cheeks indicate that he could hardly be older. The fact that the bust is draped and includes more of the breast than is usual in the Julio-Claudian period suggests that the portrait is to be dated in the second half of the first...

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By 1901: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Naples.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Roman, Imperial Period, about A.D. 50

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 341; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 114 (additional published references).


Height x length (of face): 24.5 x 9.2 cm (9 5/8 x 3 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble, seemingly from the Greek islands


The Ancient World