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Marble portrait bust of a boy

Period:
Early Imperial, Julio-Claudian
Date:
ca. A.D. 35–50
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
H. 12 1/2 in. (31.8 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931
Accession Number:
32.100.471
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
The reduced scale of this bust and the carefully combed hair, with bangs parted in the center, are features that suggest a date toward the middle of the first century A.D.
Said to have been found in Spain (Govett, Rubenstein, and Colasanti 1919, no. 55) [By 1919, with Cesare and Ercole Canessa, New York]; until 1932, collection of Michael Friedsam, New York; acquired in 1932, bequest of Michael Friedsam.

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. 60, p. iv, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Coonin, Arnold Victor. 1995. "Portrait Busts of Children in Quattrocento Florence." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 30: pp. 61–62, fig. 2.

Zanker, Paul. 2016. Roman Portraits: Sculptures in Stone and Bronze in the Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 44, pp. 113, 136–37, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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