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Head from a Hellenistic or Greek Imperial funerary statue

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The right side of the head has been broken away. What remains is much darkened and weathered, with surfaces disintegrated, but is otherwise not substantially damaged. The hair is drawn back in waves from the face. Nostrils and mouth are drilled out. Although strongly ideal, a portrait of the...

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From Assos (Behramkale, Turkey); published as the head of the statue on top of the tomb of Publius Varius Aquila. 188?: excavated by the Archaeological Institute of America; gift of the Archaeological Institute of America to MFA, January 1884.

Credit Line

Gift of the Archaeological Institute of America

Greco-Roman, Late Hellenistic or Roman Imperial Period,


Assos (Behramkale), Troad, Anatolia (Turkey)

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 111.


26.7 cm (10 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Dolomitic marble from the Greek Island of Thasos


The Ancient World