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Marble head of Herakles

Early Imperial
1st century A.D.
H. 6 3/4 in. (17.1 cm)
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1928
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Small-scale copy of a Greek statue of the early 3rd century B.C.

The Greek hero, Herakles, is shown as a beardless young man with sideburns. He has cauliflower ears-disfigured by boxing--and a victory wreath around his head. The head bears a strong resemblance to a group of Roman works, known as the Lenback type, that probably reflect more or less closely a Greek bronze statue of the early Hellenistic period.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. p. 121, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1954. Catalogue of Greek Sculptures. no. 136, p. 78, pls. 101c-e, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

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