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Monumental head of a god or ruler

Monumental head of a god or ruler

Culture Group: Roman
Culture: Roman
Date: 2nd century CE
Medium: Greek marble
Dimensions:
28 3/8 x 16 5/16 x 14 15/16 inches (72 x 41.5 x 38 cm)
Mount (Marble base/mount): 6 1/4 x 9 1/4 x 9 1/4 inches (15.9 x 23.5 x 23.5 cm)
Classification: Sculpture
Credit Line: Museum purchase
Label Text:The identity of this figure remains a mystery. Its over-life-sized scale indicates that the subject is a god or ruler, whose heavily furrowed brow contributes a sense of age and experience. The ivy or grapevine wreath may signify an allegiance with the god Dionysus who is often portrayed wearing such a crown. The sensitive modeling of the face and the deeply cut loose curls are typical of the workmanship of the second century CE, particularly from eastern workshops in Greece or Asia Minor. These same features also recall Hellenistic models dating many centuries earlier with which sculptors in this area would have been well acquainted.
Provenance: (Axel Vervoordt, Belgium); purchased 2002 by Duke University Museum of Art, now Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.
Object number: 2002.9.1