Head of a priest

Roman Provincial
Roman Imperial Period, Group I to Group II
about A.D. 150


Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 398; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 116 (additional published references).

Dimensions

29 cm (11 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

1994.294

Medium or Technique

Stone, hard limestone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

The area behind the ears and down to the neck has been cut or chiseled away, the rough work having the look of antiquity. The back of the head and the underside of the neck are broken irregularly. The tip of the nose is chipped. The ears are finished roughly, but their outlines are clear.

Provenance

By 1969: with Christie, Manson & Woods, 8 King Street, St. James's, London, S.W. 1 (auction, December 2, 1969, lot 92: probably from Palmyra); purchased at the Christie, Manson & Woods auction by Jerome M. Eisenberg for Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III; purchased from Jerome M. Eisenberg by Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III; April 29, 1970: loaned to MFA by Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III and Cornelius Adrian Comstock Vermeule (95.1970); gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III to MFA in the name of Cornelius Adrian Comstock Vermeule, December 14, 1994

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III in the Name of Cornelius Adrian Comstock Vermeule