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Head of Herakles (Alexander the Great?)

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The head appears to have come from a statue, but it could have been part of a figure carved almost in the round against a background, in an architectural niche. The head is broken off diagonally in such a way as to leave the face and the edge of the surrounding lion's skin preserved at the...

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By date unknown: Professor W. Romaine Newbold Collection (said to have been found by him at Sparta by 1908, according to Worcester Art Museum Annual, 1936-1937, p. 9); by 1910: Mrs. John Newbold Hazard Collection; loaned by Mrs. John Newbold Hazard to MFA, June 4,1910 (returned to Mrs. Hazard, June 29, 1911 and later on loan to Worcester Art Museum); by 1927: Mrs. D. H. Reese Collection (loaned to MFA, April 14,1950); purchased by MFA from Mrs. D. H. Reese, December 11, 1952, for $ 6,000.00

Credit Line

Otis Norcross Fund

Greek, Early Hellenistic Period, late 4th century B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Sparta, Laconia, Greece

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 126; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 110 (additional published references).


Height: 24 cm (9 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble, from Mt. Pentelikon near Athens


The Ancient World