Roundel with busts of a man and a woman

Roman
Late Imperial Period
about A.D. 250–270


Place of Manufacture: Italy, probably Lazio or Campania

Dimensions

Overall: 46 x 48 cm, 39.9 kg (18 1/8 x 18 7/8 in., 88 lb.) Framed (Aluminum circular wall L-frame /one securement top wall clip): 3.6 x 40.6 x 5.7 cm (1 7/16 x 16 x 2 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

1990.242

Medium or Technique

Marble, probably from the Greek island of Paros

On View

Antioch Mosaic Gallery (Gallery 214A)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

The man is in a toga contabulata with a rotulus or scroll in his left hand. The woman wears a billowing cloak and a tunic and places her left arm and hand around the shoulders of the man. There is no inscription, little weathering, some encrustation.

Provenance

By 1989: with Atlantis Antiquities, 40 East 69th Street, New York, N.Y. 10021; purchased by MFA from Atlantis Antiquities, May 23, 1990

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds by exchange from a bequest of Benjamin Rowland, Jr.