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Roundel with busts of a man and a woman

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The man is in a toga contabulata with a rotulus or scroll in his left hand. The woman wears a billowing cloak and a tunic and places her left arm and hand around the shoulders of the man. There is no inscription, little weathering, some encrustation.


By 1989: with Atlantis Antiquities, 40 East 69th Street, New York, N.Y. 10021; purchased by MFA from Atlantis Antiquities, May 23, 1990

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds by exchange from a bequest of Benjamin Rowland, Jr.

Roman, Late Imperial Period, about A.D. 250–270

Place of Manufacture

probably Lazio or Campania, Italy


Overall: 46 x 48 cm, 39.9 kg (18 1/8 x 18 7/8 in., 88 lb.) Framed (Aluminum circular wall L-frame /one securement top wall clip): 3.6 x 40.6 x 5.7 cm (1 7/16 x 16 x 2 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble, probably from the Greek island of Paros


The Ancient World