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Marble head of a horned youth wearing a diadem

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
3rd–2nd century B.C.
Culture:
Greek
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
Overall: 13 7/8 x 7 5/8 x 9 7/8 in. (35.2 x 19.4 x 25.1 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Renée E. and Robert A. Belfer, 2012
Accession Number:
2012.479.10
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 160
The diadem and horns of this portrait head signify a divinised Hellenistic ruler is represented. The horns, which were attached by means of marble dowels and stucco, were most likely bull's horns. Among the early Hellenistic rulers, bull's horns were a popular divine attribute with strong associations to the god Dionysos, whose most common animal manifestation was the bull.
Collection of Kojiro Ishiguro, Tokyo, from at least the 1980’s until his death in 1992. Bequeathed by Kojiro Ishiguro to his wife, Toyoko Ishiguro. Sold by the Ishiguro family to Renée E. and Robert A. Belfer through the Ariadne Gallery, New York, in February 1997. Given by Renée E. and Robert A. Belfer to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2012.

Collection of Kojiro Ishiguro, Tokyo, from at least the 1980’s until his death in 1992. Bequeathed by Kojiro Ishiguro to his wife, Toyoko Ishiguro. Sold by the Ishiguro family to Renée E. and Robert A. Belfer through the Ariadne Gallery, New York, in February 1997. Given by Renée E. and Robert A. Belfer to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2012. The work has been on loan to, and on display at, The Metropolitan Museum of Art since 2007. The work was exhibited at the Gallery Mikazuki in 1996.
Gallery Mikazuki. 1996. Exhibition of Ancient Near-East, Mediterranean Art and Archaeology: 13th Fed. [sic]-8th Mar. 1996. no. 9, Tokyo: Gallery Mikazuki, Tokyo.

Picón, Carlos A. 2014. "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 2012–2014." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 72(2): p. 9.

Zanker, Paul. 2016. Roman Portraits: Sculptures in Stone and Bronze in the Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 1, pp. 16–17, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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