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Head of a Man

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Description This magnificent head belonged to a type of Athenian grave monument in which life-size images of family members were presented within a stage-like setting. The deep-set eyes, furrowed brow, open mouth, and tousled hair depart from the idealized Classical forms typical of the 5th and early 4th century. The depiction of emotion individualizes the figure, while avoiding any specific likeness to the deceased.
Date Description Narrative
  • From Alexander to Cleopatra: Greek Art of the Hellenistic Age. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1988-1989.
  • Highlights from the Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998-2001.
  • Faces of Ancient Arabia: The Giraud and Carolyn Foster Collection of South Arabian Art. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2008.
Provenance Raimund Netzhammer [d. 1945], archbishop of Bucharest, Romania [part of a collection assembled in the late 1920's and early 1930's]; Maria Wolff [sister of Raimund Netzhammer], Munich, by inheritance; Erich Wolff, Munich, by inheritance; Galerie G√ľnter Puhze, Freiburg, West Germany, 1986; Walters Art Museum, 1986, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase with funds provided by the W. Alton Jones Foundation Acquisition Fund, 1986

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ca. 320 BCE (Classical)
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12 9/16 x 7 13/16 x 8 7/16 in. (31.9 x 19.9 x 21.5 cm)


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