Head of a giant

Roman
Imperial Period
1st or 2nd century A.D.


Dimensions

Height: 0.213 m.

Accession Number

1996.89

Medium or Technique

Marble

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Head of a giant with pointed animal’s ears and a mustache. The muscular face is contorted by exertion. The eyes were originally inlaid in another material. Dark gray marble.

Provenance

According to a letter from Brian Aitken, he was told by Jean-Luc Chalmin that the piece came from Silahtaraga and had been in the Khoury collection in Beirut since about 1920; by 1996: with Acanthus Gallery, 22 East 80th Street, New York, NY 10021; gift to MFA of Brian T. Aitken and Ariel Hamill Herrmann in honor of Cornelius C. Vermeule III, May 22, 1996

Credit Line

Gift of Brian T. Aitken and Ariel Hamill Herrmann in honor of Cornelius C. Vermeule III