Roman emperor (probably Marcus Aurelius)

Roman
Imperial Period, Antonine or Severan
about A.D. 170–250


Dimensions

Height: 2.5 cm (1 in.)

Accession Number

1971.141

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Statuette of a cuirassed emperor, either Marcus Aurelius (after 180) or Septimius Severus (about 200). His raised right hand held a spear or a sceptre-staff. A short sword or parazonium was in the lowered and extended left. The cuirass is plain, with two rows of pteryges. Cloak on left shoulder and around left arm. Lower legs, feet, and plinth broken away.

Provenance

By 1971: with Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland; purchased by MFA from Münzen und Medaillen A.G., April 14, 1971

Credit Line

John Michael Rodocanachi Fund