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Head of a Roman Nobleman, Possibly Marc Antony

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
This head, which was made for insertion into a bust carved in another stone, represents a high-ranking Roman official. Some scholars have suggested that the subject is Cleopatra’s lover Marc Antony, but that identification is uncertain.

However, the fine-grained green Egyptian stone, which was popular with the Romans, and the naturalistic style, which reflects classical Greek statuary, indicate that the man represented here was at least a contemporary of the Egyptian queen and her Roman lover.
CULTURE Ptolemaic
MEDIUM Graywacke
  • Reportedly From: Alexandria, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 30 B.C.E.– 50 C.E.
    PERIOD Late Ptolemaic to early Roman Period
    DIMENSIONS 9 x 4 1/4 x 5 in. (22.9 x 10.8 x 12.7 cm)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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