Height 45 cm. Inv. No. 2007.84.1.New Haven, Yale University Art Gallery
Height 45 cm.
New Haven, Yale University Art Gallery.
Christie’s London, The Arundel Marbles and other Sculpture from Fawley Court and Hall Barn, 10 December 1985, lot 259.
On loan to the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 1973—
Christie’s Fine Art Auction House, London, King Street. Sale 7183 Lot 40, 18 October 2005.
Estimate: £50,000 — £70,000 ($87,450 — $122,430). Price Realized: £105,600 ($184,694) (price includes buyer’s premium).
Probably Annius Verus or his older brother Commodus, with short cropped curling hair, the eyes with articulated pupils, draped in a tunic and wearing a paludamentum, fastened on the right shoulder with a circular brooch, on later socled mount
17¾ in. (45 cm.) high
J. Toynbee, “A Bust of an Antonine Boy”, Journal of Roman Studies, 49, 1959, pp. 39—
Toynbee, op. cit. argues that, although this bust is remarkably similar to the bust of Commodus in the Sala degli Imperatori in the Capitoline Museum, Rome, the lack of hooked nose suggests that the child could represent his younger brother Annius Verus (162/163—
Toynbee concludes: “That the boy is an imperial prince seems to be certain in view of the fact that he wears the paludamentum; and the only imperial child of this youthful age who could have been portrayed in this technique and style is either Commodus or Annius Verus”.