Fragmentary head from a herm (?)

Transitional Period or Late Hellenistic Period
about 465 B.C. or later

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 027.


height x width (max.): 12.2 x 18.5 cm (4 13/16 x 7 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Marble, Greek, fully crystalline

Not On View


The Ancient World



Wavy strands radiate from the crown and end, in front of the narrow fillet, in a double row of spiral or corkscrew curls. What survives has a fresh surface, with some damage and wear, and a pleasing light yellow patina. If from a herm rather than a life-sized statue, the subject ought to be Hermes or Dionysos rather than Apollo. The top and brow of the head were damaged in antiquity, the fragment as preserved having been fitted to the rest of the face by a dowel and repaired in stucco (?) between forehead and fillet.


From Athens.

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William de Forest Thomson