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Marble head of a baby

Early Imperial, Augustan
1st century B.C.–1st century A.D.
3 7/8 × 2 3/4 × 3 3/4 in. (9.8 × 7 × 9.5 cm)
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1912
Accession Number:
Not on view
Portraits of small children are not uncommon in Greek and Roman art. Here, however, the subject is not a small child, but, rather, an infant. The full cheeks and the still scarcely articulated chin and jowl indicate that the baby can be only a few months old.
[Until 1912, with Alfredo Barsanti, Rome]; acquired in 1912, purchased from A. Barsanti.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1913. "Department of Classical Art: The Accessions of 1912--Sculptures, Terracottas, and Miscellaneous Objects." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 8 (8): p. 175, fig. 2.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1948. Roman Portraits, 2nd edn. no. 33, p. 111, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Coonin, Arnold Victor. 1995. "Portrait Busts of Children in Quattrocento Florence." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 30: pp. 61, 63, fig. 6.

Zanker, Paul. 2016. Roman Portraits: Sculptures in Stone and Bronze in the Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 43, pp. 134–36, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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