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Head of Herakles, after Lysippos

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The left side of the nose was broken away, and, aside from the diagonal break at the neck and raised left shoulder, the head is in excellent condition. The surfaces have suffered some weathering or similar, natural abrasion. The marble has a yellow patina, with brown stains (from soil or metal?)...

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By about 1973: with Antiken (H. Herzer & Co.), Promenadeplatz 13, 8 Munich 2, Germany (from a private collection in Bavaria); purchased by MFA from Antiken (H. Herzer & Co.), January 14, 1976

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

Greek, Late Hellenistic Period, 1st century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 104A; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 109 (additional published references).


Height: 28 cm (11 in.)

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The Ancient World