Head of a priest

Palmyrene
Imperial Period
about mid-2nd century A.D.


Place of Manufacture: Syria, Palmyra

Dimensions

Height: 22 cm (8 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

10.74

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

The old priest wears a high headdress like a polos, on which is a wreath with a medallion in front. This medallion takes the form of a semiprecious stone, perhaps a cameo, surrounded by a border of pearls or gold orbs.

COndition: nose, upper lip, chin, and cheek have been slightly damaged. A section of the background remains behind the left ear, and the rough break through the neck has damaged the underside of the jaw.

Provenance

Dana Estes (b. 1841 - d. 1909), Brookline, MA; 1910, gift of the estate of Dana Estes to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 28, 1910)

Credit Line

Gift of the Estate of Dana Estes