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Bust of Roman Nobleman

This head, which was made for insertion into a bust carved in another stone, represents a highranking Roman official. Some scholars have suggested that the subject is Cleopatra's lover, Marc Anthony, 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.


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