Head of a youth

Greek
Late Classical or Early Hellenistic Period
about 330–320 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 060.

Dimensions

Height: 25.5 (10 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

22.613

Medium or Technique

Marble from Mount Pentelikon near Athens

On View

Greek & Roman Sculpture Gallery (Gallery 211)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

The life-sized male youth tilts his head to his left while gazing downwards. His long, oval face is defined by a thick lower lip and a flat, prominent chin. His short curly hair is articulated above the forehead but is left rough on the back of the head.

Condition: The upper part of the left side of the head and most of the nose are missing. Head was rejoined from two pieces. Toothed chisel and rasp marks are visible on the head. Covered in a brown patina.

Scientific Analysis:

University of South Florida Lab No. 8407, 8409: Isotope ratios - delta13C +2.6 (fresh marble), 2.3 (surface) / delta18O -5.7 (fresh marble), -5.8 (surface)

Attribution - Mt. Pentelikon. Justification - C and O isotopes, fine grain, Attic style

Provenance

By 1922: with E. P. Warren (according to his letter of 5.7.22 the head had been purchased recently in Paris and came from Greece); purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, July 20, 1922, for $ 12,500.00

Credit Line

Ellen Gray Fund