2nd Century AD




Marble, Carrara
64 3/16 x 24 1/2 x 16 in. (163 x 62.2 x 40.6 cm)

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Portraiture is one of the greatest achievements of Hellenistic and Roman art. A portrait is the likeness of a particular individual, as opposed to a generalized representation of a god or ideal type such as the Aphrodite or the Diadoumenos. In a portrait statue, the artist concentrated the likeness in the head, usually leaving the body generic. Most often the head was carved separately and then inset in the body. In this over-lifesize representation of a man dressed in a toga, however, the portrait head was carved in one piece with the body, a more costly technique.

The man holds a rotolus or scroll in his left hand while clasping the umbo (folds of the toga thrown over the shoulder) in his right hand. The signet ring he wears indicates his high status, possibly as a magistrate. The graceful contrapposto pose with weight on one leg as well as the position of the arms, recalls representations of men dressed in the Greek himation (cloak). Such features suggest that the sculpture is early in date and may come from a Greek-speaking part of the Empire. The style of carving is characteristic of Asia Minor. The length of his hair and whether or not he was bearded would have revealed more about his age and self-presentation.

The schematic back shows that the sculpture was intended to be placed in a niche, perhaps of a public building such as a gymnasium or theater, whose construction he might have financed.

Credit Line

Carlos Collection of Ancient Art


MCCM Permanent Collection Reinstallation, September 2004 - August 26, 2013|
MCCM Permanent Collection Galleries, September 25, 2013 - Present
Michael C. Carlos Museum Handbook (Atlanta: Michael C. Carlos Museum, 1996), 70.


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“Togatus,” Michael C. Carlos Museum Collections Online, accessed June 3, 2020,

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