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Marble statue of a togatus (man wearing a toga)

1st century A.D.
H. 72 in. (182.9 cm)
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of John D. Crimmins, 1904
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
This man wears a tunic and over it a toga, the most characteristic Roman dress. The toga, a length of woolen cloth with rounded edges, had been the traditional garment of the Romans for centuries, but by the late first century B.C., it was declining in popularity. As part of his effort to revive ancient values and customs, the emperor Augustus made the toga a sort of unofficial state dress that all citizens were required to wear in the forum. A cylindrical leather box for scrolls, represented at the feet of this figure, identify him as a man engaged in public business. A portrait head and arms were carved separately and added.
Until 1904, collection of John D. Crimmins; acquired in 1904, gift of John D. Crimmins.

Milleker, Elizabeth J. 2000. The Year One: Art of the Ancient World East and West no. 19, pp. 39, 205, New York and New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

de Puma, Richard Daniel. 2013. Etruscan Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. p. 314, New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Heuer, Keely Elizabeth. 2015. "Vases with Faces: Isolated Heads in South Italian Vase Painting." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 50: p. 20, fig. 20.

Zanker, Paul. 2016. Roman Portraits: Sculptures in Stone and Bronze in the Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 38, pp. 111, 122–23, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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