Deaccessioned June 27, 2013

Head of an athletic youth

Late Classical or Early Hellenistic Period
about 330–300 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 063.


Height: 8.5 cm (3 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Marble, crystalline Greek


The Ancient World



The nose and lips have been chiseled off and picked with a hammer or awl. There is a depression running around the crown to indicate a fillet. The head is slightly less well finished at the base of the skull and the nape of the neck, suggesting that it could have formed part of a votive monument with figures in a very high relief, or a deep frieze. Otherwise the head must have come from a small statue of an athletic youth.
The eyes are deep-set, and the fact that the youth is looking upward and to his own left gives the head a decided Skopasian aspect. It ought to date from the later fourth century B.C. or the early Hellenistic period. The hair, such as remains, is rough and fairly close cropped, forming a kind of cap around the longish oval face.


1918, gift of Mr. and Mrs. William de Forest Thompson, Boston, to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 12, 1918); June 26, 2013, deaccessioned by the MFA for sale through Christie's, New York.

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William de Forest Thomson