Head from a Hellenistic or Greek Imperial funerary statue

Late Hellenistic or Roman Imperial Period

Findspot: Anatolia (Turkey), Troad, Assos (Behramkale), Above the tomb of Publius Varius Aquila

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 111.


26.7 cm (10 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Dolomitic marble from the Greek Island of Thasos

Not On View


The Ancient World



The right side of the head has been broken away. What remains is much darkened and weathered, with surfaces disintegrated, but is otherwise not substantially damaged. The hair is drawn back in waves from the face. Nostrils and mouth are drilled out. Although strongly ideal, a portrait of the late Hellenistic to Flavian periods may be intended. The top of the head does not appear to have been draped.

Scientific Analysis:
Marble has been scientifically tested with X-Ray Diffraction and determined to be Dolomitic.
Harvard Lab No. HI113: Isotope ratios - delta13C +3.50 / delta18O -3.22, Attribution - Thasos-Cape Vathy, Justification - Dolomitic by XRD.


From Assos (Behramkale, Turkey); published as the head of the statue on top of the tomb of Publius Varius Aquila. 188?: excavated by the Archaeological Institute of America; gift of the Archaeological Institute of America to MFA, January 1884.

Credit Line

Gift of the Archaeological Institute of America