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Miniature herm, Alkamenes type

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A fillet circles the bearded head of Hermes, behind the two rows of corkscrew curls. A strand of hair hangs down in front of each shoulder. The beard is relatively short and blunt and the mouth rather broad. Sketchy grooves articulate the beard. A section of the shaft is preserved, and holes...

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Provenance

By date unknown: Alfred Greenough Collection; bequest of Alfred Greenough Collection to Charles H. Parker; 1908: bequest of Charles H. Parker to MFA; accessioned, May 14, 1959

Credit Line

Bequest of Charles H. Parker

Greek, Late Hellenistic or Early Roman Imperial Period, 1st century B.C. or A.D.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 038; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 107 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height (overall): 21.3 cm (8 3/8 in.); height (ancient part only): 8.5 cm (3 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

08.537

Medium or Technique

Marble, Greek mainland

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture