Marble head of an athlete, Marble, Roman

Marble head of an athlete

Period:
Mid-Imperial, Antonine
Date:
ca. A.D. 138–192
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
H. 13 1/2 in. (34.3 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1911
Accession Number:
11.210.2
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.
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Richter, Gisela M. A. 1927. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 252–53, fig. 177, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Richter, Gisela M. A. 1950. The Sculpture and Sculptors of the Greeks, 3rd edn. pp. 79, 412, fig. 195, New Haven: Yale University Press.

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Milleker, Elizabeth J. 2003. Light on Stone: Greek and Roman Sculpture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a Photographic Essay. pp. 97–98, pl. 22, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.