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Marble head of Herakles

Period:
Early Imperial
Date:
1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
H. 6 3/4 in. (17.1 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1928
Accession Number:
28.57.1
  • Description

    Small-scale copy of a Greek statue of the early 3rd century B.C.

    The Greek hero, Herakles, is shown as a beardless young man with sideburns. He has cauliflower ears-disfigured by boxing--and a victory wreath around his head. The head bears a strong resemblance to a group of Roman works, known as the Lenback type, that probably reflect more or less closely a Greek bronze statue of the early Hellenistic period.

  • References

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, p. 121.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1954. Catalogue of Greek Sculptures. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, no. 136, p. 78, pls. 101c-e.

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    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
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