Portrait head of a boy

Roman Imperial Period, probably Julio-Claudian

Findspot: Anatolia (Turkey), Troad, Assos (Behramkale), Necropolis

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 343; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 115 (additional published references).


16.5 cm (6 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Crystalline marble from the northern Greek islands or from western Asia Minor

Not On View


The Ancient World



The features are much worn, and the marble is now colored light brown.
Despite the visible damages to all surfaces, this portrait was once clearly presented as a sculpture of good quality. The boy, doubtless part of a funerary statue, is most likely to be dated in the Julio-Claudian period.
This boy seems to be Julio-Claudian, perhaps with the later addition of carved-out pupils in the eyes, but he has been published as in a well-recognized class of portraits of important children of the period about A.D. 260.


From Assos (Behramkale, Turkey); necropolis. 188?: excavated by the Archaeological Institute of America; gift of the Archaeological Institute of America to MFA, January 15, 1884.

Credit Line

Gift of the Archaeological Institute of America