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Marble portrait bust of a man

Early Imperial, Flavian
ca. A.D. 69–79
Overall: 13 x 9 1/2 x 8 1/2 in. (33 x 24.1 x 21.6 cm)
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1915
Accession Number:
Not on view
The forehead of the easy-going subject is articulated to a high degree; the cranial bones are prominent above the nose. There are age lines as well as deposits of fat on the cheeks and around the mouth. The full, beautifully formed lips are slightly drawn in at the corners. Together with the fleshy surface of the face and the small, attentively gazing eyes, they create a distinctly lively impression.
Said to be from near Rome [Until 1915, with Ugo Jandolo, Rome]; acquired in 1915, purchased from U. Jandolo.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1916. "Department of Classical Art Recent Accessions: Three Marble Heads." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 11(2): pp. 38–39, fig. 1.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1941. Roman Portraits, Vol. 1. no. 25, p. 4, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1948. Roman Portraits, 2nd edn. no. 52, p. iv, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Zanker, Paul. 2016. Roman Portraits: Sculptures in Stone and Bronze in the Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 46, pp. 113, 140–43, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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