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Helmeted head of the god Mars (Ares)

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Probably a copy after the colossal cult image in the temple of Ares at Halicarnassus, on the acropolis and once attributed to Leochares or Timotheos (Vitruvius, II, 8, 11) but like the Demeter of Knidos, certain "portraits" from the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, and the young Alexander the Great...

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Provenance

By 1977: with Mohammad Yeganeh, 75a Ridgmount Gardens, London, W.C.1 (according to his invoice of July 12, 1976: Provenience: allegedly near East); purchased by MFA from Mohammad Yeganeh, October 12, 1977

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III, by exchange

Roman Provincial, Imperial Period, about A.D. 135

Place of Manufacture

Roman Empire (Asia Minor)

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), no. 021.

Dimensions

Height: 44 cm (17 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

1977.712

Medium or Technique

Marble from Dokimeion (modern Afyon) in west-central Asia Minor

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture