Head of Zeus-Ammon
Imperial Period, Hadrianic to Antonine
about A.D. 120–150 (after a Greek prototype)
Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 140; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 111 (additional published references).
Height: 31 cm (12 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Marble from Mt. Pentelikon near Athens
Not On View
This head is a full-sized copy of a work created in the style of the Greek Sculptor Pheidias in the fifth century B.C. The turn of the head has been imparted by the copyist, who otherwise has merely toned down the Athenian High Classical gravity of the prototype.
Much of the horns and all of the ram’s ears are missing. The back of the head appears to have been made separately and cemented on. Nose and locks are worn, chipped, and weathered. Cement, from reuse as building material, is evident here and there.
Harvard Lab No. HI761: Isotope ratios - delta13C +2.81 / delta18O -6.37, Attribution - Pentelikon, Justification - Fine grained marble.
By date unknown: Sir Robert Mond Collection; by date unknown: Lord Nathan Collection, Churt House, Rotherfield, Crowborough, Sussex (Christie's auction of Lord Nathan Collection, July 14, 1959, lot 125); purchased at Christie's auction of Lord Nathan Collection by Cornelius C. Vermeule III on behalf of MFA; purchased by MFA from Cornelius C. Vermeule III, November 12, 1959, for $ 250.00
Gift of Edward Perry Warren, by exchange