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The herm presents a free rendering, made in the Hellenistic or Graeco-Roman periods, after a bronze ideal portrait of the fifth or fourth century B.C. The end of the nose is damaged, and there are abrasions on the smooth surfaces and in the hair. The arms of the herm are restored. The top...

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By date unknown: said to have been in the Lanckoronski Collection, Vienna (according to Dr. Herbert A. Cahn; cf., however, a 1947 fascicle of Einzelaufnahmen antiker Skulpturen, in which this sculpture [no. 5052 - right] is listed as on the art market ["Kunsthandel"] at an unspecified date); by July 1967: possibly with Sotheby & Co. ([auction] Egyptian, Bronze Age, Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities, including "A Collection of Antiquities, the Property the Countess Adelheid Lanckoronska," London, July 11, 1967, lot 147; lot purchased at the Sotheby auction by H.A. Cahn); by November 1967: Mr. and Mrs. Charles S. Lipson Collection; gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles S. Lipson to MFA, December 13, 1967

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles S. Lipson

Roman, Imperial Period, about A.D. 110–130

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 118; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 109 (additional published references).


Height x width: 48 x 25 cm (18 7/8 x 9 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble from Mt. Pentelikon near Athens


The Ancient World