Head of a priest
Roman Imperial Period, Group I to Group II
about A.D. 150
Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 398; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 116 (additional published references).
29 cm (11 7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Stone, hard limestone
Not On View
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.
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
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III in the Name of Cornelius Adrian Comstock Vermeule