Portrait bust of the Emperor Maximinus (A.D. 235–238)

Imperial Period

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 374; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 115-116 (additional published references).


70.2 x 20 cm (27 5/8 x 7 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Greek mainland marble; the restored neck is Italian (Luna) marble

Not On View


The Ancient World



The section of the neck has been replaced; the ears, particularly the left, are somewhat damaged; and there is other superficial damage.

The head is ancient and, although reworked, has strong individual characteristics which confirm the identification. The greatest area of recutting is around the eyes, which have lost most of their third century A.D. character, such as large, incised pupils. The bust is ancient but does not belong with this head.


By date unknown: said to be in the Ludovisi Collection; by 1888: with R. Lanciani (said to come from the Ludovisi villa); purchased by MFA from R. Lanciani, December 8, 1888, for $173.91 (this is the total price for MFA 89.4-89.8)

Credit Line

Benjamin Pierce Cheney Donation