Deaccessioned June 27, 2013

Portrait head of a man

Imperial Period, Antonine
A.D. 117–138

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 360.


Height: 26.8 cm (10 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Marble, Dolomitic from the Greek island of Thasos


The Ancient World



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.

Scientific Analysis:
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.

Credit Line

Gift of Paul E. Manheim