User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Head of Zeus-Ammon

Start collecting

This head is a full-sized copy of a work created in the style of the Greek Sculptor Pheidias in the fifth century B.C. The turn of the head has been imparted by the copyist, who otherwise has merely toned down the Athenian High Classical gravity of the prototype. Much of the horns and all of...

Show Full Description

Provenance

By date unknown: Sir Robert Mond Collection; by date unknown: Lord Nathan Collection, Churt House, Rotherfield, Crowborough, Sussex (Christie's auction of Lord Nathan Collection, July 14, 1959, lot 125); purchased at Christie's auction of Lord Nathan Collection by Cornelius C. Vermeule III on behalf of MFA; purchased by MFA from Cornelius C. Vermeule III, November 12, 1959, for $ 250.00

Credit Line

Gift of Edward Perry Warren, by exchange

Roman, Imperial Period, Hadrianic to Antonine, about A.D. 120–150 (after a Greek prototype)

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 140; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 111 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height: 31 cm (12 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

59.715

Medium or Technique

Marble from Mt. Pentelikon near Athens

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture