Heroic ruler

Roman
Imperial Period
1st–3rd century A.D.


Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), no. 083.

Dimensions

Height: 10 cm (3 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

1972.375

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

The figure, nude except for a military cloak, supporting a rudder and propping his foot on a rock, recalls the images of Alexander the Great and his successors. The short hair suggests he may be a Roman Emperor, perhaps Nero or Claudius.

Provenance

By date unknown: Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III Collection (loaned to MFA as 105.64) (said to have been found near Chester, England); gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III to MFA, May 10, 1972

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III