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Marble torso of a boy

Marble torso of a boy

Copy of a Greek bronze statue of the late 5th century B.C.The torso belonged to a statue of a boy leaning on a pillar at his left side, his head bent pensively toward his raised shoulder. The delicacy of the fo... more

Marble statue of a youth

Marble statue of a youth

Roman copy of Greek original. Adaptation of a Greek statue type of the late5th century B.C.The pose of this statue probably derives from a Classical Greek bronze erected to commemorate the victory of a young at... more

Marble torso of a boy

Marble torso of a boy

Variant of a Greek bronze statue of the late 5th century B.C.The so-called Narcissus was one of the most popular Greek statues copied in the Roman period; over forty examples are known today. Here, the pose has... more

Marble calyx-krater with reliefs of maidens and dancing maenads

Marble calyx-krater with reliefs of maidens and dancing maenads

The peristyle courtyards and gardens of the villas belonging to wealthy Romans were filled with fountains, sculpture, and monumental ornaments such as this vase. Many of these decorative works were eclectic com... more

Marble statue of a woman

Marble statue of a woman

Copy or adaptation of a Hellenistic statue of the 2nd century B.C.This figure wears three layers of clothing: a sleeved chiton visible below the neck, which is tied with a looped knot at the waist; a second chi... more

Marble head of a woman

Marble head of a woman

Roman copy of a Greek bronze statue with a fine oval face, sharply defined features and beautifully designed hair, slightly different on the two sides. Imperial

Marble statue of a togatus (man wearing a toga)

Marble statue of a togatus (man wearing a toga)

This man wears a tunic and over it a toga, the most characteristic Roman dress. The toga, a length of woolen cloth with rounded edges, had been the traditional garment of the Romans for centuries, but by the la... more

Marble statue of Aphrodite crouching and arranging her hair

Marble statue of Aphrodite crouching and arranging her hair

Copy of a Greek statue of the late 2nd century B.C.In this small-scale statue, a complex crouching pose has been compressed into a two-dimensional composition. It is a decorative work based on a famous large, f... more

Marble statuette of a seated philosopher

Marble statuette of a seated philosopher

Copy after a Greek statue of ca. 250 B.C.Said to be from RomeSeated torso with modern marble head based on bronze original in the British Museum.Several other small-scale copies of this type have been identifie... more

Marble pilaster with acanthus scrolls

Marble pilaster with acanthus scrolls

The acanthus scroll that decorates the pilaster, presumably from a public building, is populated with a variety of birds. Such imagery is found on major imperial monuments at Rome, notably the Ara Pacis Augusta... more

Marble female herm

Marble female herm

Herms are rectangular stone shafts terminating in a head. They originated as markers surmounted with an image of the god Hermes, but by the Roman period they were no longer restricted in subject. Private villas... more

Marble statue of the Diadoumenos (youth tying a fillet around his head)

Marble statue of the Diadoumenos (youth tying a fillet around his head...

Copy of a Greek bronze statue of ca. 430 B.C. by PolykleitosThe statue of the Diadoumenos by Polykleitos was extremely popular during the Roman period. Its beauty and fame are mentioned three times in ancient l... more

Marble statue of Dionysus

Marble statue of Dionysus

Adaptation of a Greek statue of Apollo Lykeios of the mid-4th century B.C.The figure stood in repose with his right arm resting on his head. Derived from a famous bronze statue of Apollo, the pose was often ada... more

Marble head of an old woman

Marble head of an old woman

This head is broken from a statue. The type relates to the old market woman (09.39) displayed in the Roman Court. Early Imperial

Marble statue of a wounded Amazon

Marble statue of a wounded Amazon

Lower legs and feet have been restored with casts taken from copies in Berlin and Copenhagen. Most of right arm, lower part of pillar, and plinth are eighteenth-century marble restorations.Copy of a Greek bronz... more

Marble statue of Aphrodite

Marble statue of Aphrodite

Copy of a Greek statue of the 3rd or 2nd century B.C.The lower legs have been restored with casts taken from the Roman copy in Florence known as the Medici Venus.The goddess of love is shown as though surprised... more

Marble acroterion with acanthus scrolls

Marble acroterion with acanthus scrolls

This pair of reliefs once decorated the corner of a roof or high balustrade. They were set at right angles to each other, and at the corner joint a thick stalk would have emerged from a bed of floppy acanthus l... more

Marble fragment of a pilaster

Marble fragment of a pilaster

This pilaster is decorated on three sides with a low relief that represents burning incense pans balanced on slender supports flanked by birds. On the front side, one pair of birds stretch down to eat from shea... more

Marble torso of a boy

Marble torso of a boy

Copy of a Greek statue of ca. 425–400 B.C.The small scale and violent action of this figure suggest it may represent one of Niobe's children, who were killed after Niobe boasted she was superior to Leto, mother... more

Marble torso of Eros

Marble torso of Eros

Copy of a Greek statue of the 4th century B.C. attributed to Lysippos.The young Eros was shown in a momentary gesture, stringing his bow. Imperial

Marble fragment of a cinerary urn

Marble fragment of a cinerary urn

The fragment is part of the cinerary urn, 2002.297, and has been reattached to the side.This Roman cinerary urn is highly unusual in having the spoils of war as its principal theme. Despite the fragmentary natu... more

Marble statue of Pan

Marble statue of Pan

Villa gardens and peristyles (courtyards) were filled with images of Dionysos and woodland creatures from his entourage. Pan, the goat god, appears here in his usual form as a shaggy-haired, bearded man with th... more

Marble two-sided relief

Marble two-sided relief

The peristyle gardens of Roman houses and villas were filled with decorative marble reliefs such as this one. The masks of a young maenad and a bearded silenus are carved on one side in high relief. A shepherd’... more

Marble statue of Aphrodite

Marble statue of Aphrodite

Small-scale adaptation of a Greek statue type of the 3rd or 2nd century B.C.Aphrodite brought her hands forward to partially conceal her breasts and pubic area in this version of a statue type that is known tod... more

Marble statue of a seated muse

Marble statue of a seated muse

Restorations made in the early 17th century: the nose, chin, neck, large pieces on the right side of the back, pieces in the drapery, chips in the body, and the plinth. The head is ancient but from a different ... more

Marble statue of Hermes

Marble statue of Hermes

The left hand, tip of nose, and tips of some fingers of the right hand are restored.Roman after Classical Greek original. Copy or adaptation of a Greek statue of the late 5th or early 4th century B.C.The statue... more

Marble statuette of a satyr

Marble statuette of a satyr

Copy of a Greek work of the 2nd century B.C.The pointed ears, shaggy hair, and wattles on the neck indicate that this little figure is a satyr, one of the followers of Dionysos. Imperial

Fragment of an inscribed marble block

Fragment of an inscribed marble block

Part of an decree regulating sacrifices and offerings at a temple site. The name of the reigning emperor is lost but can be restored as Tiberius (r. A.D. 14-37), Gaius Caligula (r. A.D. 37-41), or Claudius (r. ... more

Marble statuette of young Dionysos

Marble statuette of young Dionysos

Adaptation of a Greek statue type of the late 4th century B.C.The god is nude except for the nebris (fawn skin) worn diagonally at his right shoulder. Long locks of hair are falling onto the shoulders and back.... more

Fragment of a child's head

Fragment of a child's head

The top, back part of a child's head with remains of a braid tied in a looped knot at the back. Imperial

Marble head of a herm

Marble head of a herm

Copy of a Greek work of the late 5th century B.C. Early or Mid Imperial

Marble head of a goddess wearing a diadem

Marble head of a goddess wearing a diadem

Head of a woman wearing a diadem. Imperial

Marble head of a deity

Marble head of a deity

The wreath with pomegranates suggests that this head represents a deity, such as Ceres, who was associated with the generative powers of nature. Imperial

Marble statuette of a slave boy with a lantern

Marble statuette of a slave boy with a lantern

Adaptation of a Hellenistic work of the 3rd century B.C.This statuette is a good example of a well-known subject, the servant waiting to escort his master home. A Hellenistic terracotta statuette from the Fayum... more

Marble head of a Greek general

Marble head of a Greek general

Copy of a Greek bronze statue of the middle of the 4th century B.C.This powerful portrayal of a man of action belongs to a type popular in Roman times. One suggestion for his identity is the strategos (general)... more

Marble lunette with Nereid riding Triton

Marble lunette with Nereid riding Triton

This relief must have been one of a series that decorated a public building or perhaps a grand funerary monument. The iconography derives from a passage in The Iliad that describes the Nereid Thetis, mother of ... more

Marble pillar with snake and wreath

Marble pillar with snake and wreath

This pillar may be either votive or sepulchral. The snake is both an attribute of the healing god Asklepios, suggesting this object may have been a thank offering on behalf of one cured of an illness, and a pot... more

Marble round altar with a frieze of animals and masks

Marble round altar with a frieze of animals and masks

The theatrical masks and panthers on this altar suggest it may have been used in a sanctuary of Bacchus (Roman Dionysos), since both motifs are common elements in the god's iconography. Imperial

Marble statuette of Kybele

Marble statuette of Kybele

Based on a gold and ivory statue by the Greek sculptor Pheidias or Agorakritos of the late 5th century B.C.The cult of Kybele, the mother goddess of Anatolia, had been brought to Athens by the fifth century B.C... more

Glass marble

Glass marble

Translucent turquoise greenish blueSolid sphere.Numerous small crescent-shaped impressions in surface, combined with a few circles and possible letters.Intact, but with interior cracks; dulling and pitting, wit... more

Marble relief fragment

Marble relief fragment

The relief shows part of a scene of a venatio (a series of games in the theater or circus comprising fights between men and animals or between different types of animals). At the bottom is what remains of a Gre... more

Marble head and torso of Athena

Marble head and torso of Athena

The goddess Athena is rendered as a beautiful young woman. The lining of her helmet—which was pushed up on the top of her head—appears above her hair. The protective aegis (goatskin) with the Gorgon's head in t... more

Inscribed marble plaque

Inscribed marble plaque

A funerary inscription for a woman called Salaminia, the wife or daughter of Kotho Euios. Early Imperial

Marble head of a boy

Marble head of a boy

Copy or adaptation of a Greek work of the 3rd century B.C.This head of a boy with half-opened mouth and tousled hair is typical of many Hellenistic genre works that show satyrs embracing nymphs and young boys e... more

Marble right hand and wrist with a supporting strut

Marble right hand and wrist with a supporting strut

The strut supported the arm against the side of the (now lost) statue. Imperial

Marble statuette of Aphrodite

Marble statuette of Aphrodite

Roman copy or adaptation of a Greek work of the 4th century B.C. known as the Aphrodite of KnidosThis small figure gives an impression of the sinuous grace that made the cult statue of Aphrodite in her sanctuar... more

Marble torso of a seated man

Marble torso of a seated man

Copy or adaptation of a Greek statue of the 3rd or 2nd century B.C. Imperial

Head and part of the back of a marble statue

Head and part of the back of a marble statue

Copy of a Greek statue of the 4th century B.C.The young satyr, identifiable by his pointed animal ears, was shown pouring wine. Many Roman copies of this appealing work are known today. Copy of work attributed ... more

Marble forepart of a left sandaled foot

Marble forepart of a left sandaled foot

Preserved are the toes and the sole of the sandal, the contour of which follows the outline of the foot. Imperial

Marble statuette of Aphrodite Anadyomene (rising)

Marble statuette of Aphrodite Anadyomene (rising)

Roman adaptation of a Greek work of the 3rd–2nd century B.C. Early Imperial

Marble architrave with inscription

Marble architrave with inscription

The inscription, written in Greek and said to be from Rome, is unusual since most large, public inscriptions from Rome are in Latin. It appears to refer to the Statilii, originally an aristocratic family from L... more

Lower part of a marble relief with two goddesses

Lower part of a marble relief with two goddesses

Adaptation of the Great Eleusinian Relief of ca. 450–425 B.C.The two goddesses are closely related to the figures of Demeter and Persephone on the Great Eleusinian Relief, a cast of which is displayed nearby. T... more

Marble statue of an old fisherman

Marble statue of an old fisherman

Copy of a Greek statue of the late 3rd century B.C.The effects of hard work and age are powerfully rendered in this representation. A more complete replica in Rome preserves the head and a basket of fish on the... more

Marble head of a satyr playing the double flute

Marble head of a satyr playing the double flute

Copy of a Greek work of the 3rd century B.C.This satyr with pointed animal ears is one of the many wild creatures that cavort in the train of Dionysos, god of wine. His brows and lips are puckered and his cheek... more

Marble head of a man
Statue of a seated man

Statue of a seated man

Fragmentary figure of seated nude male with drapery over right leg from group. Imperial

Upper part of a marble statue of a woman

Upper part of a marble statue of a woman

Copy of a Greek statue of ca. 460–450 B.C.This is probably a representation of Athena, for the abnormally high crown of the head may once have supported a bronze helmet. The face was broken off in antiquity and... more

Marble statue of a boy

Marble statue of a boy

Copy or adaptation of a Greek work of the 3rd century B.C.In the early Hellenistic period sculptors began to produce figures with strong twisting motion that were meant to be enjoyed from many angles. This boy ... more

Marble corner acroterion with acanthus scrolls

Marble corner acroterion with acanthus scrolls

This pair of reliefs once decorated the corner of a roof or high balustrade. They were set at right angles to each other, and at the corner joint a thick stalk would have emerged from a bed of floppy acanthus l... more

Marble cinerary chest

Marble cinerary chest

The Latin inscription was copied from a Roman funerary plaque and added to this chest during the 17th century. As such it bears witness to the growing awareness of and interest in epigraphy among scholars and c... more

Marble head of a woman

Marble head of a woman

Copy of a Hellenistic statue of the 3rd or 2nd century B.C.Coiffures with corkscrew curls were fashionable in Egypt and Cyrene during the Ptolemaic period. This head must have represented an important person, a... more

Marble statue of Herakles

Marble statue of Herakles

Said to be from GreeceThis small statue, identified as Herakles by the lion skin tied around his shoulders, was probably set up in a villa garden. Early Imperial

Marble statuette of a seated man

Marble statuette of a seated man

Nude male seated on a rock, with drapery over thighs; copy of Greek original. Imperial

Marble head  of Herakles

Marble head of Herakles

Small-scale copy of a Greek statue of the early 3rd century B.C.The Greek hero, Herakles, is shown as a beardless young man with sideburns. He has cauliflower ears-disfigured by boxing--and a victory wreath a... more

Marble head of a god, probably Dionysos

Marble head of a god, probably Dionysos

The style of this head looks back to early Greek sculpture known as Archaic. Dionysos was the male deity most commonly archaized in Hellenistic and Roman times. The old-fashioned style lent an air of venerable ... more

Upper part of a marble torso of a man

Upper part of a marble torso of a man

The figure wears a short cloak over his left shoulder. Imperial

Marble cinerary urn

Marble cinerary urn

This Roman cinerary urn is highly unusual in having the spoils of war as its principal theme. Despite the fragmentary nature of the piece, the trophies and piles of weapons and armor that cover the back and sid... more

Marble leg of a table with a tiger's head

Marble leg of a table with a tiger's head

The image of a tiger--an animal from India, Armenia, or the area south of the Caspian Sea--was fairly rare in Roman art. But when this animal was depicted, usually it was represented by the female tigress. In m... more

Marble head of a philosopher

Marble head of a philosopher

Copy of a Greek statue of the last quarter of the 3rd century B.C.In spite of its battered condition, the portrait conveys the personality of a great thinker. There are striking similarities between this head a... more

Marble statue of a crouching Aphrodite

Marble statue of a crouching Aphrodite

Both ankles and most of the feet are modern restorations.Copy of a Greek statue of the 3rd century B.C.The nude goddess was shown in a complex twisting pose, crouching at her bath and turning toward a playful E... more

Marble statue of Aphrodite

Marble statue of Aphrodite

Roman copy or adaptation of a Greek statue of the 3rd century B.C. known as the Capitoline AphroditeThe Aphrodite of Knidos created by Praxitiles in the fourth century B.C. was the first major nude statue of th... more

Marble fragment of a relief with a flying Eros

Marble fragment of a relief with a flying Eros

A charming winged Eros carrying a parasol flies in the foreground on this small fragment from a decorative plaque. The space and the architectural setting behind him are suggested by varying adjustments of scal... more

Marble head of Apollo with fragment of his hand

Marble head of Apollo with fragment of his hand

Roman adaptation of a Greek work of the 4th century B.C., known as the Apollo LykeiosA celebrated bronze statue of Apollo, standing at rest with his hand on his head, stood throughout antiquity in the Lykeion, ... more

Marble relief fragment with gladiators

Marble relief fragment with gladiators

Gladiatorial shows were essentially a Roman phenomenon, but their popularity quickly spread to the Greek cities of the eastern part of the Empire. This fragmentary relief with its Greek inscription is evidence ... more

Marble fragment of a volute krater

Marble fragment of a volute krater

Large marble vases carved with figured reliefs are among the most spectacular objects produced in workshops that specialized in classicizing works for a sophisticated Roman clientele. This fragment includes one... more

Marble pilaster capital

Marble pilaster capital

The capital was once set against a wall, crowning a rectangular semi-detached pilaster. In Roman architecture three major orders of capitals were used—Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian. This pilaster capital is a fi... more

Marble sarcophagus fragment: Eros mounted on a horse

Marble sarcophagus fragment: Eros mounted on a horse

Part of lid of sarcophagus with Eros riding a horse. Mid Imperial, Severan

Marble statue of Tyche-Fortuna restored with the portrait head of a woman

Marble statue of Tyche-Fortuna restored with the portrait head of a wo...

Tyche wearing double chiton, holding cornucopia in left hand and steering paddle in right. Adaptation of Greek original. Imperial, Late Flavian or Early Trajanic

Marble lid of a cinerary chest

Marble lid of a cinerary chest

The lid is fashioned to look like the roof of a barrel-vaulted building with acroteria at the corners in the form of theatrical masks and palmettes. The front panel is inscribed in Latin: “To the spirits of the... more

Marble relief fragment with scenes from the Trojan War

Marble relief fragment with scenes from the Trojan War

The tabulae iliacae are a series of tablets covered with minuscule relief scenes from the Trojan War, which were evidently inspired by illustrated manuscripts of Homer's epic poem The Iliad. This piece is signe... more

Marble sarcophagus fragment: head of an African (known as an Ethiopian)
Marble mask of Pan

Marble mask of Pan

The remains of two horns set in the bristling hair identify this bearded mask as that of Pan, the rustic goat god, who was venerated all over the Greek and Roman world as an uncivilized power of nature. His cul... more

Marble left hand holding a small box

Marble left hand holding a small box

The hand must have belonged to a female statue. The box has holes on the lid, perhaps for sprinkling incense. Imperial

Small marble head of a youth

Small marble head of a youth

Copy of a Greek work of the 3rd century B.C. Imperial

Marble bust of a youth

Marble bust of a youth

Copy of the head of a Greek statue of the 4th century B.C.The very short hair and the broken cartilage of the ears indicate that this head belonged to either a statue of Herakles or a victorious athlete. The Ro... more

Marble statuette of triple-bodied Hekate and the three Graces

Marble statuette of triple-bodied Hekate and the three Graces

Hekate presided over pathways and crossroads, especially at night. She was the goddess of the moon and of nocturnal sorcery. Like Hermes, she could travel to and from the underworld and the earth. Late Hellenistic

Marble statuette of Aphrodite Anadyomene (rising)

Marble statuette of Aphrodite Anadyomene (rising)

In this graceful pose, Aphrodite was represented with both arms raised, wringing water from her hair, as though she were just emerging from the sea, where she was born. Sometimes thought to derive from a famous... more

Lower part of a marble seated statue of Hygieia

Lower part of a marble seated statue of Hygieia

Copy or adaptation of a Greek work of the 3rd or 2nd century B.C.Hygieia, the personification of Health, was the daughter of Asklepios, the god of healing. Snakes were closely associated with both figures and w... more

Marble torso of Eros

Marble torso of Eros

Roman copy of Greek original. Adaptation of a Greek bronze statue representing theApollo Sauroktonos (Lizard Slayer) of ca. 350 B.C. by Praxiteles.The delicately modeled surface and sinuous curve of this torso ... more

Marble head of a veiled man

Marble head of a veiled man

The emperor was the chief state priest, and many statues show him in the act of prayer or sacrifice, with a fold of his toga pulled up to cover his head as a mark ofpiety. However, this highly idealized head ma... more

Marble portrait head of the philosopher Chrysippos

Marble portrait head of the philosopher Chrysippos

Copy of a Greek statue of the late 3rd century B.C., probably by EuboulidesChrysippos was one of the most important Stoic philosophers of the third century B.C. His writings helped establish Stoicism as a major... more

Marble head from a herm

Marble head from a herm

Copy of a Greek marble herm of ca. 450–425 B.C.The messenger god Hermes was closely associated with boundaries, and his protective image in the form of a bearded head set on a rectangular stone shaft was placed... more

Rosso antico torso of a centaur

Rosso antico torso of a centaur

Copy of a Greek statue of the 2nd century B.C.During the Classical period, centaurs—mythical creatures, half horse and half man—represented to the Greeks the wild, uncivilized aspects of man, but by the second ... more

Marble head of a woman
Marble fragment of a fountain with lion's head

Marble fragment of a fountain with lion's head

Fountain fragment with lion's head. Imperial

Marble left hand holding a scroll

Marble left hand holding a scroll

Left hand holding a scroll. Imperial

Marble head of a bearded man

Marble head of a bearded man

Copy of a Greek work of the 3rd century B.C.This head bears some resemblance to known third-century B.C. Greek portraits and likely represents a philosopher or poet. Early Imperial