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Rare pseudo-portrait of Homer of late Hellenistic date, probably based on the earlier baroque style of the second century Pergamene School. This is an Invented image of the author of the Iliad and the Odyssey. Unruly hair, knitted brow, suggest the intensity of the sage; treatment of the eyes...

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By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to entry in Sculpture in Stone: thought to have been acquired in Rome); 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

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

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 119; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 109 (additional published references); Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 059-060.


Height: 41cm (16 1/8 in.); length (of face): 21 cm ( 8 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble (probably from Mt. Pentelikon near Athens)


The Ancient World