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Herm-bust of Menander

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The very tip of the nose is missing. The surface on the right side of the face and neck is corroded and worn. The bust takes the form of a herm, with slots for wooden inserts, on which garlands could be hung. The neck is inclined toward the left shoulder, and the head is turned slightly to...

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By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Can be traced as far as Torre Annunziata. Probably found in the neighbourhood.); 1897: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 25,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 97.285-97.442 and 97.1104)

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund

Roman, Imperial Period, Late 1st century B.C. or early 1st century A.D.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 121; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 109-110 (additional published references); Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 125.


Height: 51.5cm ( 20 1/4 in.); length (of face): 19.6 cm (7 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble (from Mt. Pentelikon near Athens)


The Ancient World