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Head of Helios, with stylized radiate crown and uraeus

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The hair is wavy, in the tradition of Alexander the Great. The pupils are incised. The rays of the crown are like a cap of leaves. Light green patina. The neck is irregular, suggesting it was broken from a statuette. Perhaps from Syria.


Before 1952: H. C. Morton Collection (said to have been acquired in Jerusalem); by about 1952: Cornelius C. Vermeule III Collection (acquired in London); gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III to MFA, March 11, 1964

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III

Roman Provincial, Imperial Period, 2nd–3rd century A.D.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 105.


Height: 7.5 cm (2 15/16 in.)

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The Ancient World