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Marble portrait of a man from a funerary relief

Period:
Early Imperial, Augustan
Date:
late 1st century B.C.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
H. 9 5/8 in. (24.4 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1917
Accession Number:
17.230.133
  • Description

    This head from a funerary relief probably represents a freedman, or former slave, who achieved prosperity after obtaining his freedom. Such reliefs showing busts of family members within a window-like frame were often set into the outer wall of a family's funerary building.

  • References

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1941. Roman Portraits, Vol. 1. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1948. Roman Portraits, 2nd edn. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

    Thimme, Jürgen. 1976. Kunst und Kultur der Kykladeninseln im 3. Jahrtausend v. Chr.: Ausstellung unter d. Patronat des International Council of Museums ICOM im Karlsruher Schloss vom 25. Juni-10. Oktober 1976. Karlsruhe: Müller, no. 66, p. 92.

    Musée & Galerie des Beaux-Arts. 1981. Profil du Metropolitan Museum of Art de New York : de Ramsès à Picasso. Paris: Musée & Galerie des Beaux-Arts, Bordeaux, no. 53, p. 60.

    Cohon, Robert. 1996. Discovery and Deceit: Archaeology and the Forger's Craft, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Bulletin: p. 35, pl. 4.

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