The plump, grim-faced man looks up and slightly to the right. His features and hairstyle are similar to those of the emperor Balbinus, who ruled for only ninety-nine days in the year A.D. 238.
By 1961 and until 1972, collection of Mrs. Murray Crane (née Josephine Porter Boardman), New York; 1972-1980, colelction of Louise Crane, by descent; acquired in 1980, gift of Louise Crane.
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Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1981. "One Hundred Eleventh Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1980 through June 30, 1981." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 111: p. 36.
Zanker, Paul. 2016. Roman Portraits: Sculptures in Stone and Bronze in the Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 68, pp. 115, 186–87, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.