Roundel with busts of a married couple. Roman.

Roman
Late Antique Period
about A.D. 330–360


Place of Manufacture: Italy, Rome (probably)

Dimensions

Diameter: 16.2 cm (6 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

1994.1

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Roundel with busts of a married couple. Pair of relief circles around edge. Woman (left) in elaborate hairdo and jewelry, faces man (right) with short wavy hair, cloak pinned at left shoulder; both in low relief profile. In upper part of circle the words: IN SE SENES CATES. Crack from l. to r. at level of shoulders. Rough finish on edge and back.
[Label text]:
Inscribed “May you grow old together.”
The couple is fashionably dressed in the styles of the time of the Emperor Constantine the Great or his sons. The wife has an elaborate hairdo and jewelry. The husband wears military costume: a breastplate and cloak.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Fritz Bürki & Son, Thurgauerstrasse 76, 8050 Zurich, Switzerland; by date unknown: with Robert E. Hecht, Jr.; January 26, 1994: purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr.

Credit Line

Benjamin and Lucy Rowland Fund