Elagabalus? Detail.

Marble. First half of the 3rd century CE.
Inv. No. 1977.337.

Boston, Museum of Fine Arts

Origin:
The Mary S. and Edward J. Holmes Fund.
Description:
Roman marble portrait, perhaps of one of the “boy emperors” of the third century, CE. The Boston MFA suggests that the image, which depicts a teenage male, might represent the young emperor Elagabalus (r. 218-222) or Alexander Severus (r. 222-235).

Here a detail of the carving of the eyes, eyebrows, and hair line.

Literature:
C. C. Vermeule, Greek and Roman Sculpture in America (1981) pg. 354. cat. no. 305.
Credits:
© 2009. Photo, text: Roger B. Ulrich.

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Keywords: marble marmo busto ritratto maschile male portrait bust of the roman emperor Elagabal Heliogabal Elagabalus Heliogabalus Severus Alexander Inv No 1977 337
History of Ancient Rome