Portrait of a boy.

Bronze. Ca. 50—68 CE.
Total height 29.2 cm.
Inv. No. 66.11.5.

New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Formerly in the collections of Sir Francis Cook (Doughty House) and Alfred Gallatin (C. Harcourt Smith, The Cook Collection [1908]).
A bronze portrait of an aristocratic boy from the Julio-Claudian period (dated ca. A.D. 50-68). Total H: 29.2 cm. Life size image, perhaps once attached to an upright “herm” of stone or wood. Pupils of the eyes are inlaid with silver. Some scholars have proposed that the portrait is of the young Nero; the Met no longer makes this argument. Cf. F. Poulsen, Probleme der römische Ikonographie (1937) 10-13, Pl. 12. A. Oliver, MMA Bulletin (1967) 264-272. Also Christie’s auction catalog of 14 July 1925, lot 118 and Sotheby’s auction cat. of 13 June 1966, lot 58.
© 2010. Photo, text: Roger B. Ulrich.
Keywords: bronze child portrait bust of a aristocratic boy Inv No 66 11 5
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