Inv. n°: MMoCA860

Marble Head of the Emperor Claudius

A Marble Portrait Head of the Emperor Claudius, Roman Imperial, Late in the Reign of Claudius, with furrowed brow, his hair radiating from the crown and falling in centrally parted crescentic locks over the forehead, the irises and pupils carved in later times and now filled in, the nose once restored in marble.

h. 26.7 cm

c. AD 50-54



  • Discovered in Cimiez, Nice, 1937
  • The architect Louis Millon de Peillon, Nice
  • Thence by descent to a French family collection, Nice
  • Acquired at Sotheby's, New York, 6th December 2012, lot 31


  • Cimiez, la ville antique: monuments, histoire, Paris, 1977, vol. 2, pp. 38-39
  • "Un portrait de Claude à Nice", Revue archéologique de Narbonnaise, 1985, vol. 18, pp. 393-398


  • Musée d'Art Classique de Mougins (MACM), South of France, 2021 — 2023
  • Musée d'Archéologie de Nice-Cimiez, Nice, since December 2023

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