Idealized head in profile, from sarcophagus
Imperial Period, Antonine
about A.D. 160–180
Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), no. 033.
Height x width: 16 x 19 cm (6 5/16 x 7 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Marble, probably Pentelic or possibly from Asia Minor
Not On View
The youthful head to the right is attached to a fragment from a large sarcophagus and may have personified a people or a place or may have been an abstraction such as “eternity.” The hair on the crown is carved while the locks around the face are undercut with the running and pointed drill. The facial features recall Alexander the Great.
The nose and mouth are chipped as well as the ends of the locks of hair.
By 1979: Mrs. Benjamin Rowland, Jr. Collection (formerly in Benjamin Rowland, Jr. Collection, acquired in Boston, London, or Rome); gift of Mrs. Benjamin Rowland, Jr. to MFA, February 14, 1979
Benjamin and Lucy Rowland Collection