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Bronze portrait of a man

Period:
Early Imperial, Julio-Claudian
Date:
1st half of 1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
H. 12 3/8 in. (31.4 cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1914
Accession Number:
14.130.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 166
The bronze head was discovered on August 11, 1904 near the Arch of Augustus at Susa, a town in northern Italy, not far from Turin, together with some small fragments of one or more bronze statues and a fragment of a marble inscription belonging to an honorific statue. The statue had been donated for Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa (63–12 B.C.), one of Octavian's (later Augustus) closest friends and supporters, by a member of the Cottii family, but nothing suggests that the bronze head and the inscription belong together. Traditionally, the head has been identified as Agrippa, although it cannot be related to Agrippa’s normal portrait type. Nevertheless, the head clearly belonged to an impressive, full-length statue of a high-ranking Roman.
Found in 1904 at Susa near Turin, Italy (Couvert 1904, p. 198; Ferrero 1904, p. 71.) Found in the vicinity of the Arch of Augustus in the village of Susa, near Turin, in 1904 1904, found in Susa near Turin; [from after 1904, with Cesare and Ercole Canessa, Paris]; until 1914, collection Arthur Sambon, Paris; acquired in 1914, purchased through Galerie Georges Petit at the Arthur Sambon Sale, Paris.

1904, found at Susa, near Turin, Italy; [1904, acquired by Ercole Canessa]; [with Cesare and Ercole Canessa, Paris]; until 1914, with Arthur Sambon, Paris; acquired in 1914, purchased at the Sambon sale, Paris.
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