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Portrait head of Socrates

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This smallish head of Socrates was probably a herm-portrait originally. The vigorous carving belongs to the Antonine period, although it was likely based on a prototype attributed to Lysippos from the fourth century B.C. Condition: The head is broken at the base of the neck. The nose, now...

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By date unknown: said to be from the collection of an Eastern European diplomat; by date unknown: with Byron Th. Zoumboulakis, 8 Place de la Taconnerie, Geneva, Switzerland; February 11, 1960: purchased by MFA from Byron Th. Zoumboulakis for $ 2,000.00

Credit Line

Frederick Brown Fund

Roman, Imperial Period, about A.D. 170–195

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 120; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 109 (additional published references); Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 170.


Overall: 20.4cm (8 1/16in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble from Mt. Pentelikon near Athens


The Ancient World