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Fragment of historical relief with male head
Sculpture
1st century A.D.
Luni marble

Pollak bought this relief from a collector in Viterbo. Initially it was thought to have come from the Ara Pacis. In reality, the beautiful male head, viewed in profile and exhibiting intense emotion, can be compared more appropriately with historical reliefs from the reign of Claudius, such as the ones now affixed to the inner façade of Villa Medici, and attributed to the Ara Pietatis Augustae.

Provenance: From Viterbo, gift from L. Pollak
Inventory: Inv. MB 305

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