Idealized head in profile, from sarcophagus

Roman Provincial
Imperial Period, Antonine
about A.D. 160–180

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), no. 033.


Height x width: 16 x 19 cm (6 5/16 x 7 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Marble, probably Pentelic or possibly from Asia Minor

Not On View


The Ancient World



The youthful head to the right is attached to a fragment from a large sarcophagus and may have personified a people or a place or may have been an abstraction such as “eternity.” The hair on the crown is carved while the locks around the face are undercut with the running and pointed drill. The facial features recall Alexander the Great.
The nose and mouth are chipped as well as the ends of the locks of hair.


By 1979: Mrs. Benjamin Rowland, Jr. Collection (formerly in Benjamin Rowland, Jr. Collection, acquired in Boston, London, or Rome); gift of Mrs. Benjamin Rowland, Jr. to MFA, February 14, 1979

Credit Line

Benjamin and Lucy Rowland Collection