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Head of a youth ("The Nelson Head")

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The over life-size, oval face of the male youth gazes downwards, with the head tilted towards the right shoulder. Small eyes are framed by heavy eyelids; the lips are full. The hair is worn in thick layers of deeply cut, short curls. The top of the skull is flat rather than round and the hair...

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By 1903: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought from Philip Nelson of Liverpool.); (according to L. D. Caskey, Catalogue of Greek and Roman Sculpture, no. 73: Probably found in Italy. Purchased from Dr. Philip Nelson, by whom it had been acquired in Bath at the sale of the collection of Captain Maignac, who had inherited it from his father-in-law, the artist Walton.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, March 24, 1903

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1900

Roman, Imperial Period, about mid-2nd century A.D.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 146; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 111 (additional published references).


Height: 29 cm (11 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Dolomitic marble from the Greek island of Thasos


The Ancient World