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Tomb relief of the Publius Gessius family

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The tomb relief shows nearly half-figure portraits of three members of the family of the Gessi. The old man in the center, Publius Gessius, son of Publius of the Romilian tribe, evidently saw military service in the wars of the last century of the republic. He apparently held the high rank of...

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By 1936: with Brummer Gallery, Inc., 55 East 57th Street, New York (according to Brummer it was recently excavated in Rome and exported with a government permit) (in 1937 Aldo Iandolo said it was found in September 1936 on the Via Cassia near Viterbo); purchased by MFA from Brummer Gallery, Inc., January 14, 1937, for $ 8,000.00

Credit Line

Archibald Cary Coolidge Fund

Roman, Late Republican or Early Imperial Period, about 30–20 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Lazio, Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 319; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 114 (additional published references); Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), pp. 104-105.


Overall: 65 x 204.5 x 34cm (25 9/16 x 80 1/2 x 13 3/8in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble from Carrara, Italy


The Ancient World