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Marble portrait bust of an elderly man

Period:
Mid-Imperial, Trajanic
Date:
2nd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
Height: 25 3/8 in. (64.5 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1908
Accession Number:
08.258.45
Not on view
Once an impressive portrait of an old man thanks to the protruding chin and wide-open eyes, the elongated face seems strained, an impression heightened by the deep circles beneath the eyes and the movement in the high forehead, with its sharp, almost crudely notched creases above the root of the nose.
Until 1908, with A. Simonetti, Rome]; acquired in 1908, purchased from A. Simonetti.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1909. "The Department of Classical Art: The Accessions of 1908--II. Marbles." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 4(4): pp. 64–65, fig. 6.

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. 59, p. iv, 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. 52, pp. 60, 152–53, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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