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Tomb relief of Petronia Hedone and her son, Lucius Petronius Philemon

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The busts of Hedone and her son Philemon are placed in a shallow, rounded niche with a projecting ledge, her left shoulder in front of his right. She is shown as a middle-aged woman whose dress is fastened above each shoulder by knotted strings. He is depicted as a young boy who wears a tunic...

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By 1899: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Naples 1899.); 1899: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 32,500.00 (this is the total price for MFA 99.338-99.542)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Roman, Imperial Period, about A.D. 110–120

Place of Manufacture

Campania (probably manufactured in), Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 354; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 115 (additional published references).


Height x width x depth at bottom: 56.5 x 49.5 cm x 8.9 (22 1/4 x 19 1/2 x 3 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World