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Head of Polyphemos

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This head comes from a group, probably of the blinding of Polyphemos, similar to that constructed from fragments found in the grotto at Sperlonga, along the Italian coast southwest of Rome. Polyphemos is based, in details of hair and beard, on a Pergamene centaur. The sculptor was wise in...

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By date unknown: R. L. Ashman Collection; by 1957: with Hesperia Art, 2219 St. James Place, Philadelphia 3, Pa.; purchased by MFA from Hesperia Art, February 13, 1963.

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated in honor of Edward W. Forbes

Greek or Roman, Hellenistic or Imperial Period, about 150 B.C. or later

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 105; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 109 (additional published references); Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 068-069.


Height: 38.3 cm (15 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble, Dolomitic from the Greek island of Thasos


The Ancient World