Head of a man

Roman
Imperial Period
about A.D. 210–230 (?)


Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 371; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 115 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height: 30 cm (11 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

1975.2

Medium or Technique

Marble, Pentelic

Out on Loan

Out On Loan

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

The head could have come from a draped statue, but it may equally likely have formed part of a fairly full bust on a pedestal. The areas at the base of the neck and the draped shoulders have been sliced in such a way as to make this determination difficult. The man is presented in a somewhat intellectual, “other-worldly” fashion, with head slightly turned and eyes looking upward. There is no evidence, however, that he was a creative thinker. He may have been a magistrate or a businessman presented as such. He is a good representative of a certain class of portraiture which developed around the imperial government and in the provinces in later Severan times.
The neck and part of the drapery, seemingly a himation, are preserved behind both sides, above the shoulders. The nose and details of the hair and face have been damaged. The surfaces have a yellow patina, and there is some staining and incrustation, relieved to a great extent by a yellow patina.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Fritz Burki, Zurich; by 1971: purchased from Fritz Burki by Robert E. Hecht, Jr. (said to come from the greater Rome area); purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr., January 8, 1975

Credit Line

Benjamin and Lucy Rowland Fund