God, philosopher, or poet

Greco-Roman


Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 136; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 110 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height: 15.5 cm (6 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

18.424

Medium or Technique

Marble, Pentelic

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

The front half of the head is preserved. Hair, beard, and face have suffered some damage, the nose being mostly cut or worn away. This head probably presents a Hellenistic restyling of an ideal portrait created in the fifth century B.C. There is a broad fillet, roughly sketched, around the forehead. Hellenistic naturalism of about 100 B.C or slightly later has given the sunken, almost hard-bitten line to the mouth, mustache, and adjacent beard. Otherwise, in hair, eyes, and fall of the face, the man gives every indication of being a product of the Pheidian age. There is an Ionian satrapal cast to his features and arrangement of hair.

Provenance

Presumably from Greece or the Aegean islands.

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William de Forest Thomson