Bust of Domitian, possibly re-carved into a Constantinian emperor
Imperial Period or later
Early 4th or 17th century A.D.
Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 379; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 116 (additional published references).
39.2 x 13 cm (15 7/16 x 5 1/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Marble from Carrara, Italy
Not On View
The tip of the nose has been broken away, and a chip is gone from the neck; the surfaces are somewhat discolored, the yellow patina having been scraped and cleaned away.
University of South Florida Lab No. 8468: Isotope ratios - delta13C +2.3 / delta18O -2.5,
Istituto di Struttura della Materia - CNR Lab No. 3 (January 30, 2012): maximum grain size: 0.5mm; electron paramagnetic resonance: intensity 32.8%, line width 60.5%; Sr ppm 196
Attribution - Carrara, Italy. Justification - fine grain, low EPR intensity, C and O isotopes, moderate Sr
Probability of correct quarry assignment (Istituto di Struttura della Materia - CNR Lab No. 3; January 30, 2012):
distance of sample from center of quarry probability field: 6.6; relative probability: 90%; absolute probability 16%
By date unknown: said to be in the Ludovisi Collection; by 1888: with R. Lanciani (said to come from the Ludovisi villa); purchased by MFA from R. Lanciani, December 8, 1888, for $173.91 (this is the total price for MFA 89.4-89.8)
Benjamin Pierce Cheney Fund