Head of a youth from a marble stele (grave marker)

Greek, Attic

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 155

A precise identification of the youth—as an athlete, for instance—is impeded by the lack of attributes. A band circles his head, and crisp curls fringe his face and the nape of his neck. The smooth crown of the head is less likely to represent a cap than to indicate that paint was used for hair.

Head of a youth from a marble stele (grave marker), Marble, Parian, Greek, Attic

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