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Septimius Severus

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This portrait of the Emperor Septimius Severus (A.D. 193-211) was fashioned either in the last decade of the emperor's rule or posthumously. The four corkscrew locks hanging over the forehead and the parted beard are an imitation of a famous cult statue of the Graeco-Egyptian god Sarapis in his...

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Said to be from Ostia or the Portus; by 1958: with Hesperia Art, 2219 St. James Place, Philadelphia; by 1960: with Ars Antiqua AG, Haldenstrasse 5, Lucerne, Switzerland (auction 2, Hotel Schweizerhof, Lucerne, lot 64); bought in at the auction by Hesperia Art (Bulletin 4, no. 36); September 21, 1960: purchased by MFA from Hesperia Art for $ 1,200.00

Credit Line

Harriet Otis Cruft Fund

Roman, Imperial Period, A.D. 203–235

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 369; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 115 (additional published references).


Height: 38.5 cm (15 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble from the Greek island of Paros


The Ancient World