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Marble head of a youth

Copy of work attributed to Polykleitos
Early Imperial, Claudian
ca. A.D. 41–54
H. 11 1/4 in. (28.6 cm.) Width 7 3/4 in. (19.7 cm.) Depth 9 1/4 in. (23.5 cm)
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1907
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 153
Copy of a Greek bronze statue of ca. 450 B.C. attributed to Polykleitos

This head is associated with the statue of a nude athlete who probably held a diskos. The famous Greek sculptor Polykleitos sought rigorous, mathematically based proportions in his figures. "Perfection comes about little by little through many numbers" he is reported to have stated. His attention to the smallest details can be seen in the precise design of each lock of hair on this head.
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von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1978. Antichnoe iskusstvo iz muzeia Metropoliten, Soedinennye Shtaty Ameriki: Katalog vystavki. no. 48, Moscow: Sovetskii Khudozhnik.

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