Male head in relief

Imperial Period
Later 1st–2nd century A.D.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 296.


Height x width: 11.8 x 15.5 cm (4 5/8 x 6 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Marble from the Greek islands or western Asia Minor

Not On View


The Ancient World



The male head from a relief has a ring of curly locks encircling his forehead. A row of flat strands is visible behind. The general aspect is that of a Greco-Roman creation in the manner of the late Archaic to Severe styles. The man looks like a minor divinity or hero in such reliefs; perhaps he is Theseus.
In this fragment, the carving or drilling of the eyelid, the curls of hair, and the ear well suit a date in the second century A.D.; the use of a claw chisel, finely drawn across the face, is also characteristic of this period.
The relief is broken on all edges. The back is finished, and the surface has a grayish yellow patina.


By 1962: Misses Aimée and Rosamond Lamb Collection; gift of Misses Aimée and Rosamond Lamb to MFA, February 14, 1962

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Aimée and Miss Rosamond Lamb