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Head of a Man Wearing a Cap or Helmet

Date:
possibly 2nd–3rd century
Geography:
Made in probably British Isles
Culture:
Celtic
Medium:
Fossiliferous limestone
Dimensions:
H. 9 in. (24.1 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture-Stone
Credit Line:
Gift of Torkom Demirjian, in honor of Mary and Michael Jaharis, 2000
Accession Number:
2000.525.1
Not on view
The facial features are like those on numerous Celtic heads found in Yorkshire. Many, however, are actually products of later periods, continuing the simplicity of forms characteristic of Celtic sculpture. Stone heads like this one may have functioned as surrogates for actual human heads, thus retaining a certain aura of power. The military appearance of the headgear could indicate the man's status and significance.
[ Ariadne Galleries, New York (until 2000)]
Little, Charles T., ed. Set in Stone: The Face in Medieval Sculpture. New York, New Haven, and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2006. no. 71, pp. 175-177.



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