Marble head of an athlete
Period: Mid-Imperial, Antonine
Date: ca. A.D. 138 - 192
Medium: Marble Dimensions: H. 13 1/2 in. (34.3 cm)
Classification: Stone Sculpture
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1911
Accession Number: 11.210.2
This artwork is currently on display in Gallery 153
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Scanned with 123DCatch on iPhone 5S on 26 Jan. 2014
Copy of a Greek bronze statue of ca. 450 - 425 B.C.
This head of a youth wearing a fillet (band) must have belonged to a statue of a victorious athlete. He probably rested one arm lightly on his head; the remains of a rectangular support can still be seen among his curls. Roman copies often conformed to contemporary taste, and the contrast between polished flesh and deeply drilled hair on this head would have held special appeal for clients in the second century A.D.