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Head of an athlete

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This head of a youth represents an athlete: around his head he wears both a cord (perhaps to hold his hair) and a ribbon, presented by an admirer. He may have been a boxer, as his ears appear swollen. Classicistic creation inspired by Greek sculpture of about 460 B.C. Head of an athlete. Has...

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By 1903: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Rome.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, March 24,1903

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1900

Roman, Imperial Period, probably A.D. 50–75

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 134; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 110 (additional published references).


Height x length (of face): 37 x 18.5 cm (14 9/16 x 7 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble probably from the Greek island of Paros


The Ancient World