4th- 3rd Century B.C
Greek Head of a Young Male
The young man is depicted with a thick mass of curls, drawn back from the forehead. The hair was originally painted a red oxide and some of the polychrome remains beneath the accretions and root marks. The full lips are slightly parted with the lidded eyes beneath a strong yet smooth brow line.
The head recalls depictions of young men on funerary and votive stelai or reliefs of 4th and 3rd century B.C. Greece. There is another head of a boy in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, that may come from a small statue within a funerary naiskos: 1972.118.111.
It is a finely carved example and the surviving colour on the hair provides a sense of how ancient Greek sculpture would originally have looked.
Masterpiece, London, 2018.
Sotheby’s London, The Sadler Collection, 30 October 2003, lot 52.
Agatha Sadler Collection (1924-2015), London, acquired before 1994.Accompanied with photo of the head in Agatha Sadler’s drawing room.
With John Hewett (1919-1994), London.