Portrait of a bearded curly-haired man

Imperial Period
Late 2nd century A.D.


H: 33.2 cm (13 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Marble from Göktepe, Turkey (near Aphrodisias)

Not On View


The Ancient World



This individual of the late second century A.D. is shown with short, curly hair and a long beard. The hair, which is modeled with drill holes and drill channels, forms clumps beside the temples and on top of the forehead.The beard, which is also articulated with drill channels, hangs down in long strands. Touches of red paint survive in the pupils, which like the irises are indicated sculpturally. Two long wrinkles cross the forehead, and the eyes look upwards and to the side.

The head is in good condition but for the loss of the lower part of the beard on one side and for a few minor abrasions.

Scientific Analysis:

University of South Florida Lab No. 8436: Isotope ratios - delta13C +2.6 / delta18O -3.0,

Attribution - probably Göktepe 3, Turkey (near Aphrodisias), possibly Carrara. Justification - C and O isotopes, fine grain


By date unknown: with Robin Symes, Ltd., London; 1973: acquired by Ariel and John Herrmann from Robin Symes, Ltd., London; 2000: sold by Ariel Herrmann to Peter and Widgie Aldrich (one-half interest) and to the MFA (one-half interest) through Acanthus Gallery, 22 East 80th Street, New York, NY 10021

Credit Line

Collection of Peter and Widgie Aldrich and Museum purchase with funds donated by Leon Levy and Shelby White and Cornelius and Emily Vermeule