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Head of Herakles

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The head belonged to a statue showing the demigod standing with his club in his lowered right hand, lion's-skin over the left arm. The end of the nose is damaged. otherwise the surfaces are in excellent condition, clean, and with some slight traces of a cement-like deposit. Scientific...

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Provenance

By 1972: with H. Herzer and Company, Antiken, Promenadeplatz 13, 8 Munich 2, Germany (said to be from a private collection in Central Europe); purchased by MFA from H. Herzer and Company, June 7, 1972

Credit Line

Benjamin and Lucy Rowland Fund

Greek, Late Classical or Early Hellenistic Period, about 325 B.C. (?)

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 045.

Dimensions

Height: 38.7 cm (15 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

1972.392

Medium or Technique

Marble from Mt. Pentelikon near Athens

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture