Elagabalus? Detail.

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

Boston, Museum of Fine Arts

The Mary S. and Edward J. Holmes Fund.
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.

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


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