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Head of Zeus

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This over-lifesize marble head, originally part of a seated or standing statue, likely represents a reinterpretation of the Olympian Zeus by a sculptor of a later generation. The symmetry of the hair, beard, and facial features impart a sense of tranquil gravity suited to this all-powerful...

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Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to B. H. Hill, MFA Annual Report for 1904, p. 55, no. 5: from Mylasa in Caria); January 19, 1904: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 74,100.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 04.6-04.37)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Greek, Late Classical Period, 350–340 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 044; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 108 (additional published references); Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 030-031.

Dimensions

Height: 48 cm (18 7/8 in.); length (of face): 26 cm (10 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

04.12

Medium or Technique

Marble from Mt. Pentelikon near Athens

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture