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Head of Alexander the Great or Helios, the sun god

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The head has been cleaned. The lower front half of the nose is broken away, and there are slight abrasions on the left cheek, on the chin, at the right brow, and in the hair. There appears to have been recutting of the hair and locks at the back, expecially the lower part, of the head; this may...

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First published in 1893; photographed by Fototipia Danesi in Rome, probably by 1894; said to have been bought in Alexandria and to come from Menschîye (province of Girghe) which was ancient Ptolemais; by 1894: with Edward Perry Warren (according to his letter of November 11, 1895: found in Mancheeh, province of Girgeh in Egypt); 1895: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 29,857.37 (this figure is the total price for MFA 95.9-95.174)

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund

Roman, 2nd century A.D. or 19th century

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 127; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 110 (additional published references).


Height x length (of face): 48 x 24 cm (18 7/8 x 9 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble from Carrara in northwest Italy


The Ancient World