A large, headless, Roman-era bronze statue believed to represent Marcus Aurelius has reigned for 26 years as the resident philosopher-king of the Cleveland Museum of Art.
With its lifelike presence, fluid drapery folds and dark, luscious patina, the sculpture is one of the museum’s signature treasures.
Yet a mystery has always hovered over this exceedingly rare object.
Where, exactly, did it come out of the ground, and who unearthed it?
Just as important, how many hands did it pass through before it found its way into the collection in 1986?
The museum has long stated that the work might have been found in the 1960s in an obscure village in southwestern Turkey called Bubon, but it isn’t sure. Read more.