Deaccessioned June 27, 2013
Portrait head of a man
Imperial Period, Antonine
Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 360.
Height: 26.8 cm (10 9/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Marble, Dolomitic from the Greek island of Thasos
This is the remains of a very sensitive portrait of a man with a mass of curly hair over the forehead, a mustache, and a crimped beard.
The top of the head has been cut or broken away. The face has been badly battered, especially around the eyes, but certain areas, notably the mouth and whiskers at the left side, are relatively untouched. The surfaces are very clean.
The treatment of the mouth and beard is much like that of a portrait of Hadrian, also made of Thasian marble, in Ostia.
Marble has been scientifically tested with X-Ray Diffraction and determined to be Dolomitic.
Harvard Lab No. HI364: Isotope ratios - delta13C +2.66 / delta18O -6.34, Attribution - Thasos-Cape Vathy, Justification - Dolomitic by XRD.
By date unknown: Paul Manheim Collection; gift of Paul Manheim to MFA, December 11, 1968; June 26, 2013, deaccessioned by the MFA for sale through Christie's, New York.
Gift of Paul E. Manheim