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
Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 111.
26.7 cm (10 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Dolomitic marble from the Greek Island of Thasos
Not On View
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.
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.
Gift of the Archaeological Institute of America