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Head of an athlete or hero

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Head of an athlete or hero. The head is a variation on the most famous work by the Greek sculptor Polykleitos, his Doryphoros, or spear-bearer. The head is unfinished, lacking the depth and detail of a finished work.The surfaces have suffered considerably from weathering in antiquity and...

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By about 1920: Vladimir G. Simkhovitch Collection, 27 Barrow Street, New York 14 (purchased through Joseph Brummer who said it was legitimately owned by an Athenian dealer); purchased by MFA from Vladimir G. Simkhovitch, June 14, 1951, for $ 7,000.00

Credit Line

Frederick Brown Fund

Greco-Roman, Early Imperial Period, about 30 B.C.–A.D. 40, after a Greek prototype of mid–5th century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 032; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 107 (additional published references).


Height: 28.2 cm (11 1/8 in.); length of face: 17 cm (6 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World