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Marble statuette of a male figure with shaggy hair

1st or 2nd century A.D.
Marble, Pentelic ?
H. 15 1/8 in. (38.4 cm)
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Francis Neilson, 1942
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
Copy or variant of a Greek statue of the 3rd or
2nd century B.C.

The figure is shown in a spiraling upward movement, perhaps in dance or blowing on an instrument. Tritons, with their long fish tails, often are shown with wild hair and powerful torsos. This could be such a sea creature, possibly blowing on a conch shell.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1954. Catalogue of Greek Sculptures. no. 206, p. 106, pl. 146, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1997. Thespiades-Zodiacus, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 8. Tritones, no. 46, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

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