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Marble head of a man

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
3rd century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, South Italian, Tarentine
Medium:
Marble (white with fairly large crystals, probably from the Greek islands)
Dimensions:
H. 8 5/8 in. (21.9 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Purchase, Mrs. Martin Fried Gift and Arthur Darby Nock Bequest, 1997
Accession Number:
1997.24
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
This head of a young man with wavy, upswept hair turns slightly toward the left. The parted lips and frowning eyebrows give the face an anguished expression appropriate to a funerary context. The head, preserved to the base of the neck and roughed out behind, was made for insertion onto a torso, possibly carved from a material less expensive than marble such as limestone. This suggests that it belongs to a western Greek workshop, where imported Greek marble was used sparingly.
Christie, Manson & Woods International Inc. 1996. Antiquities. December 18, 1996. lot 107.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1997. "One Hundred Twenty-seventh Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1996 through June 30, 1997." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 127: p. 17.

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