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Head of Alexander the Great or a youthful hero, perhaps Meleager

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The eyes are pierced, the pupils being indicated by small circles. There is a fillet in the hair, and traces of drapery are visible on the right shoulder. The circles for pupils and the deep cutting of the upswept hair contribute to the appearance of Hellenistic dramatic emotion frozen into a...

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Provenance

By 1962: Istanbul art market; purchased by Horace L. Mayer from Petro Hanazoglou (supposedly from Smyrna according to a letter in the Mayer file dated December 8,1962); by 1964: loaned by Horace L. Mayer to MFA as 102.64; by 1974: Mrs. Horace L. Mayer Collection; gift of Mrs. Horace L. Mayer to MFA, December 27, 1974

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Horace L. Mayer

Roman, Later Imperial Period, A.D. 225–275

Catalogue Raisonné

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

Dimensions

Height x width: 14 x 10 cm (5 1/2 x 3 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

1974.581

Medium or Technique

Marble, Gray and white, probably from Dokimeion (Afyon) in west-central Turkey

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture