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Marble head of a bearded man


Not on view

Copy of a Greek statue of the 4th century B.C.

Since eight other Roman copies of this Greek portrait type are known, it probably represents a famous figure. Although there is no evidence for identification, some
scholars have suggested that the original statue portrayed the Athenian lawgiver Solon, one of the Seven Sages famed in antiquity for practical wisdom. This head is one of the most sensitive and crisp likenesses in the Metropolitan’s collection of Roman copies of Greek portraits.

Marble head of a bearded man, Marble, Roman

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