Marble head of a man

Greek, South Italian, Tarentine

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162

This head of a young man with wavy, upswept hair turns slightly toward the left. The parted lips and frowning eyebrows give the face an anguished expression appropriate to a funerary context. The head, preserved to the base of the neck and roughed out behind, was made for insertion onto a torso, possibly carved from a material less expensive than marble such as limestone. This suggests that it belongs to a western Greek workshop, where imported Greek marble was used sparingly.

Marble head of a man, Marble (white with fairly large crystals, probably from the Greek islands), Greek, South Italian, Tarentine

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