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Marble head of a man

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
3rd–1st century B.C.
Culture:
Greek
Medium:
Marble, Parian
Dimensions:
H. 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1921
Accession Number:
21.88.71
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 164
The deep-set eyes, prominent cheekbones, broad nose, and wide, thick-lipped mouth of this sensitively modeled head suggest that this is a representation of an "Ethiopian," as the ancient Greeks called black Africans.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1923. "Classical Department: Miscellaneous Accessions." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 18(5): p. 127.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1954. Catalogue of Greek Sculptures. no. 218, p. 110, pls. 151g-i, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

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