Portrait of man

Roman
Early Imperial Period
about 30–10 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 338; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 114 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height: 15.5 cm (6 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

13.230

Medium or Technique

Marble from Paros, Lychnites quarry, Marathi

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

A small scale portrait of a private individual, perhaps for a household shrine.
The treatment of the hair over the forehead and the form of the bust date this carving to the early Augustan period.

The man is portrayed with a long and narrow face, aquiline nose, prominent cheek bones, lean cheeks, and hollows at the temples. There is a deep, vertical furrow in the middle of the forehead, and there are slight pouches under the eyes and several creases across the front of the neck.

Part of the nose has been broken off; the right eyebrow, the chin, and the edge of the bust have been injured. There are extensive remains of root marks.

Scientific Analysis:

University of South Florida Lab No. 8465: Isotope ratios - delta13C +4.7 / delta18O -3.2,

Attribution - Paros 1, Marathi (Lyknites). Justification - C and O isotopes, fine grain, pure white

Provenance

By 1912: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Rome.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, January 2, 1913, for $18,948.70 (this figure is the total price for MFA 13.186-13.245)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912