Head of an athlete pouring oil into his hand

Classical Period
late 2nd century B.C. after a late Classical original of around 360 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 154; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 111 (additional published references).


Height: 23cm (9 1/16 in.); length (from mouth to roots of the hair: 12 cm (4 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Marble from Mount Pentelikon near Athens

Not On View


The Ancient World



What remains is in good preservation except for slight damage to the tip of the nose. Parts of the hair and the left side of the face are covered with incrustation. The marble has acquired a yellow tone.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to MFA archival card: from Athens); January 19, 1904: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 74,100.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 04.6-04.37)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund