Idealized portrait head of a young man
Imperial Period, Late Severan or Gallienic
about A.D. 210–260
Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 147.
Height: 22 cm (8 11/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
The eyes of the portrait head are drilled and incised. The top of the head, now missing, was made separately and was fitted with a rectangular dowel hole in the top center. The nose is mostly missing. The surfaces have suffered somewhat, and they now have a slightly crusty yellow patina.
Marble has been scientifically tested with X-Ray Diffraction and determined to be Calcitic.
Harvard Lab No. HI102: Isotope ratios - delta13C +1.16 / delta18O -3.55, Attribution - Aphrodisias 1, Aphrodisias 2, Paros 2, Usak, Ephesos 2, Hymettos, Mani, Justification - White, coarse-grained marble.
By date unknown: Paul E. Manheim Collection; gift of Paul E. Manheim to MFA, December 11, 1968
Gift of Paul E. Manheim