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Portrait head of Philetairos (ruler of Pergamon 284–263 B.C.)

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This head from a portrait statue of a Hellenistic ruler or prince is characterized by strong features, particularly a heavy jaw, cast in the heroic Pergamene mold. He wears a rolled fillet or diadem (laurel crown) in the hair. The face is somewhat battered and quite weathered, both from...

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By date unknown: with Robert E. Hecht, Jr. (said to have been found at Bergama [Pergamon] and to come from a private collection in Switzerland); January 12, 1972: gift of Robert E. Hecht, Jr. to MFA

Credit Line

Gift of Robert E. Hecht, Jr.

Greek, East Greek, Hellenistic Period, about 260–250 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Pergamon (probably), Asia Minor

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 128; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 110 (additional published references).


Height: 31 cm (12 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble probably from the island of Prokonnesos near Istanbul


The Ancient World