Fragment of Commemorative Relief: Head of Young Nero (?)

Roman
Imperial Period
about A.D. 42


Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), no. 043.

Dimensions

16 x 15 cm (6 5/16 x 5 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

1994.353

Medium or Technique

Stone, Greek Island marble (Naxos)

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Condition: There are so-called fresh breaks at the left ear, in the hair, above the right eye, and on the edges of the old patinated break at the neck.

The subject has been identified as the child Nero from an early Julio-Claudian processional relief like those of the Ara Pacis or the Ara Pietatis Augustae. The princely child was doubtless marching determinedly along beside his elders, notably his mother Agrippina the Younger, just as do the two little boys and the slightly larger girl in the two family groups with children on the south frieze of the Ara Pacis.

Provenance

Probably originally from Rome; by 1980: Cornelius Adrian Comstock Vermeule Collection (loaned to MFA as 214.1980); year-end gift of Emily Townsend and Cornelius C. Vermeule III in the name of Cornelius Adrian Comstock Vermeule, December 1994

Credit Line

Gift of Emily Townsend and Cornelius C. Vermeule III in the name of Cornelius Adrian Comstock Vermeule