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Marble portrait bust of a boy

Early Imperial, Julio-Claudian
ca. A.D. 35–50
H. 12 1/2 in. (31.8 cm)
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931
Accession Number:
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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