Late Republican or Imperial Period
late 1st century B.C. or 1st century A.D.
Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 119; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 109 (additional published references); Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 059-060.
Height: 41cm (16 1/8 in.); length (of face): 21 cm ( 8 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Marble (probably from Mt. Pentelikon near Athens)
Krupp Gallery (Gallery 215A)
Rare pseudo-portrait of Homer of late Hellenistic date, probably based on the earlier baroque style of the second century Pergamene School. This is an Invented image of the author of the Iliad and the Odyssey. Unruly hair, knitted brow, suggest the intensity of the sage; treatment of the eyes reflect the ancient tradition of the blind bard.
The base of the neck is worked for insertion. Most of the nose is missing, as is a fragment from the right side of the neck. Otherwise, the preservation of the surface is almost perfect, and the sculpture has a clean, very light yellow appearance.
By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to entry in Sculpture in Stone: thought to have been acquired in Rome); January 19, 1904: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 74,100.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 04.6-04.37)
Henry Lillie Pierce Fund