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Head of an athletic youth

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The nose and lips have been chiseled off and picked with a hammer or awl. There is a depression running around the crown to indicate a fillet. The head is slightly less well finished at the base of the skull and the nape of the neck, suggesting that it could have formed part of a votive monument...

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1918, gift of Mr. and Mrs. William de Forest Thompson, Boston, to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 12, 1918); June 26, 2013, deaccessioned by the MFA for sale through Christie's, New York.

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William de Forest Thomson

Greek, Late Classical or Early Hellenistic Period, about 330–300 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 063.


Height: 8.5 cm (3 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble, crystalline Greek


The Ancient World