Marble head of an athlete


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 153

Copy of a Greek bronze statue of ca. 450–425 B.C.

This head of a youth wearing a fillet (band) must have belonged to the statue of a victorious athlete. He probably rested one arm lightly on his head; the remains of a rectangular support can still be seen among his curls. Roman copies often conformed to contemporary taste, and the contrast between polished flesh and deeply drilled hair on this head would have held special appeal for clients in the second century A.D.

Marble head of an athlete, Marble, Roman

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