Head of a youth

Greek, East Greek
Archaic Period
about 510–480 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 022.


Height x width: 27 x 19 cm (10 5/8 x 7 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Marble, probably from Ushak, Turkey

On View

Evanthea and Leo Condakes Gallery (Gallery 113A)


The Ancient World



This round, oriental yet schematic face provides a sculptural revelation of the late Archaic to early Classical tradition as developed in the Greek areas on the edge of the rich, luxurious Persian empire.

The back of the head and the neck have been broken off at an angle from upper back forward to lower front. The right eyebrow, nose, lips, and chin have been damaged. The marble has acquired a yellow patina on top of the unfinished surfaces.

Scientific Analysis:

University of South Florida Lab No. 8400: Isotope ratios - delta13C +2.1 / delta18O -3.4,

Attribution - Ushak, Turkey . Justification - coarse grain, C and O isotopes, probably found in west-central Turkey in Ushak region


Said to have come from Philadelphia (ancient Lydia). From a private collection, Germany [see note]. By 1968, Robert E. Hecht, Jr., New York; 1969, sold by Robert E. Hecht to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 11, 1969)

NOTE: According to M. B. Comstock and C. C. Vermeule, Sculpture in Stone: The Greek, Roman and Etruscan Collections of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston (MFA, 1976), p. 15, cat. no. 22.

Credit Line

Centennial purchase with funds donated by Landon T. Clay