Head of Herakles

Late Classical or Early Hellenistic Period
about 325 B.C. (?)

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 045.


Height: 38.7 cm (15 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Marble from Mt. Pentelikon near Athens

Not On View


The Ancient World



The head belonged to a statue showing the demigod standing with his club in his lowered right hand, lion’s-skin over the left arm. The end of the nose is damaged. otherwise the surfaces are in excellent condition, clean, and with some slight traces of a cement-like deposit.

Scientific Analysis:

University of South Florida Lab No. 8404: Isotope ratios - delta13C +2.4 / delta18O -6.7,

Attribution - Mt. Pentelikon. Justification - C and O isotopes, fine grain, Attic style


By 1972: with H. Herzer and Company, Antiken, Promenadeplatz 13, 8 Munich 2, Germany (said to be from a private collection in Central Europe); purchased by MFA from H. Herzer and Company, June 7, 1972

Credit Line

Benjamin and Lucy Rowland Fund