Marble head of a Hellenistic ruler, Marble, Roman

Marble head of a Hellenistic ruler

1st–2nd century A.D.
H. 14 9/16 in. (37 cm.)
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Frederick F. Thompson, 1903
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 160
Copy or adaptation of a Greek portrait of the early 3rd century B.C.

The flat fillet worn by this young man is an insignium of kingship. He has been identified as one of the Macedonian Greek kings who ruled the new kingdoms formed in the lands that Alexander the Great had conquered in the late fourth century B.C. The head was once part of the collection of antiquities formed in the early seventeenth century in Rome by the Marchese Vincenzo Giustiniani.
From before 1631 and until 1902, in the Giustiniani Collection, Rome; 1902, purchased from the Giustiniani family through Giuseppe Sangiorgi by Mrs. Frederick F. Thompson, New York; acquired in 1903, gift of Mrs. Frederick F. Thompson.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1954. Catalogue of Greek Sculptures. no. 135, pp. 77–78, pls. 100a–b, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Smith, Roland R.R. 1988. Hellenistic Royal Portraits. no. 12, p. 157, pl. 11.1,2, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Fusconi, Giulia. 2001. I Giustiniani e l'Antico : Palazzo Fontana di Trevi, Roma 26 ottobre 2001-27 gennaio 2002. cat. 21, pp. 244–7, pl. 21 b,c, Roma: L'Erma di Bretschneider.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome. no. 210, pp. 183, 446–47, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Zanker, Paul. 2016. Roman Portraits: Sculptures in Stone and Bronze in the Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 7, pp. 13, 31–32, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.