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Top of a marble funerary relief with portrait busts of a young man and an elderly woman

Mid-Imperial, Antonine
ca. A.D. 138–141
Overall: 9 3/8 x 15 x 3 in. (23.8 x 38.1 x 7.6 cm)
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1918
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Although it is broken below, enough of this relief is preserved to show that the man wears a cloak, perhaps a lacerna, and the woman wears what is probably a palla. The shared features of the pair suggest that they are son and mother. The woman's hairstyle is close to that worn by Faustina the Elder, the wife of the emperor Antoninus Pius.
[Until 1918, with E.P. Triantaphyllos, Athens]; acquired in 1918, purchased from E.P. Triantaphyllos

M.E.P. 1924. "Miscellaneous Greek and Roman Sculptures." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 19(10): p. 243.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1941. Roman Portraits, Vol. 2. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1948. Roman Portraits, 2nd edn. no. 86, p. v, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

LaGamma, Alisa. 2011. Heroic Africans: Legendary Leaders, Iconic Sculptures. p. 9, fig. 6, 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. 99, pp. 242, 254–55, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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