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Fragmentary marble head of a helmeted soldier

Early Imperial, Flavian
ca. A.D. 69–79
Overall: 7 1/8 x 7 1/16in. (18.1 x 18cm)
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1925
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 168
The Romans devised two new forms of public monument to celebrate their military victories—the triumphal arch and the column. The latter are only found in Rome itself (and later in Constantinople, the New Rome), but triumphal arches were built in many cities throughout Italy and the provinces. They were often decorated with reliefs depicting Roman troops in various activities. This fragment may come from one such relief.
Thimme, Jürgen. 1976. Kunst und Kultur der Kykladeninseln im 3. Jahrtausend v. Chr.: Ausstellung unter d. Patronat des International Council of Museums ICOM im Karlsruher Schloss vom 25. Juni-10. Oktober 1976. no. 93, p. 123, Karlsruhe: Müller.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1987. Greece and Rome. no. 93, p. 123, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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