Portrait of a youth

Roman
Imperial Period
about A.D. 150


Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 132.

Dimensions

Height: 15.2 cm (6 in.); length (of face): 7.8 cm (3 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

00.309

Medium or Technique

Marble from Göktepe, Turkey (near Aphrodisias)

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Portrait of a youth with fashionably long hair. He has thin whiskers indicated plainly on the left cheek and more faintly on the right. The pupils of the eyes are delineated by a small hole drilled just below the upper lid, the iris perhaps by an incised line, though traces are uncertain. There are two vertical creases between the brows, and two fainter, horizontal creases above them.

The working of the lower surface at the back shows that the head is from a bust, not a statuette. The nose, and the front and sides of the bust are broken off. Otherwise, the excellent preservation is tempered only by some slight incrustation in the hair and on the back of the neck.

Scientific Analysis:

University of South Florida Lab No. 8464: Isotope ratios - delta13C +2.7 / delta18O -3.3,

Attribution - Göktepe 3-4, Turkey (near Aphrodisias). Justification - C and O isotopes, fine grain, pure white

Provenance

By 1900: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Rome); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, February 1900

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund