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Portrait of a young man

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This portrait was supposedly found outside the quarter of Porta Salaria where large tombs were discovered and probably commemorates a deceased person. The arrangement of the young man's hair and the length of the bust, to the bottom of the ribcage, follow fashions set by court portraitists...

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By 1888: with Eliseo Borghi (said to have been found in the new quarter outside the Porta Salaria in Rome); purchased by R. Lanciani from Eliseo Borghi; purchased by MFA from R. Lanciani, 1888, for $491.89 (this is the total purchase price for MFA 88.346–530)

Credit Line

Everett Fund

Roman, Imperial Period, about A.D. 98–117

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 352.


46.5 x 16 cm (18 5/16 x 6 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble from Göktepe, Turkey (near Aphrodisias)


The Ancient World