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Marble head of a bearded man from a herm

Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 450–425 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
H. 7 7/16 in. (18.9 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Bequest of Walter C. Baker, 1971
Accession Number:
1972.118.108
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 156
Bearded herm heads, which surmounted rectangular pillars, were commonly placed as protectors of sanctuaries, crossroads, private houses, and public areas such as the Athenian Agora.
von Bothmer, Dietrich and René d'Harnoncourt. 1950. Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities: An Exhibition from the Collection of Walter Cummings Baker, Esq. no. 56, p. 10, pl. 18, New York: Walter Cummings Baker.

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1961. Ancient Art from New York Private Collections: Catalogue of an Exhibition Held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, December, 17, 1959-February 28, 1960. no. 108, p. 26, pl. 32, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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