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Marble head of Apollo with fragment of his hand

Period:
Imperial
Date:
1st or 2nd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
H. 6 3/4 in. (17.2 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Louise Crane, in memory of her mother, Mrs. W. Murray Crane, 1980
Accession Number:
1980.303.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
Roman adaptation of a Greek work of the 4th century B.C., known as the Apollo Lykeios

A celebrated bronze statue of Apollo, standing at rest with his hand on his head, stood throughout antiquity in the Lykeion, a large open area just outside the walls of Athens that was devoted to athletics and philosophical discussion. The graceful pose was later adopted for other statues of Apollo, such as this small-scale work with almost feminine features and hair style.
Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1981. "One Hundred Eleventh Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1980 through June 30, 1981." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 111: p. 36.

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