Bearded head

Imperial Period
about A.D. 150–160


Height: 18 cm (7 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Hard limestone

Not On View


The Ancient World



Although broken from the background close to all edges, the head is in relatively good condition. On the object is a Palmyrene inscription.
This head from a Palmyrene grave relief of usual form, or possibly from a large, reclining figure, has singularly Eastern features. The man has an ample amount of hair, arranged primarily in two rows of large, corkscrew curls, and a small, almost-pointed beard. His eyes are tilted slightly downward at their inner corners, and this, together with his slanting eyebrows and prominent nose, enhances his Syrian or Palestinian appearance.


By date unknown: Collection of S. D'Ehrenhoff, Swedish Minister to the Sublime Porte; by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: From S. D'Ehrenhoff's sale . . . No. 6 in catalogue where it is stated to have been bought at Ephesus.); gift of Edward Perry Warren to MFA, 1896

Credit Line

Gift of Edward Perry Warren