Description The statuette represents the "genius," or spirit, of an important official. Such deities were honored in household cults during this period. The figure wears a toga that has been pulled up to cover his head, as worn by priests when taking part in religious sacrifices. The stripe (once inlaid) along the edge of the tunic and the type of shoes indicate that the figure a member of the senatorial class. The facial characteristics resemble the portraits of Emperor Nero (reigned 54-68 CE). Traces of silver inlay remain in the eyes.
- In Search of Ancient Treasure: 40 Years of Collecting. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1978.
Provenance Dr. Edgar S. Apolant, Port Washington, NY, [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Joseph Brummer, 1943, by purchase [Brummer inv. no. N5487]; Joseph Brummer Sale, New York, Part I, April 20, 1949, lot 141; Walters Art Museum, 1949, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase, 1949
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