Art/ Collection/ Art Object

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

ca. 525 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Marble, Parian
Overall: 10 1/4 x 15 1/2 in. (26 x 39.4 cm); thickness at top 15 1/4 in. (38.7 cm); thickness at bottom 15 7/16 in. (39.3 cm)
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1942
Accession Number:
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.
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