Head of Poseidon
Fine-grained Parian marble. 2nd century.
Height 20.2 cm.
Inv. No. A. 523.Saint Petersburg, State Hermitage Museum

Head of Poseidon.

Fine-grained Parian marble. 2nd century.
Height 20.2 cm.
Inv. No. A. 523.

Saint Petersburg, State Hermitage Museum
(Санкт-Петербург, Государственный Эрмитаж)

Origin:
Unknown.
Description:
The god’s head, turned towards his left shoulder, belonged to a statue. The god wore a pine wreath. The hair shows the influence of effigies of Alexander the Great, who set a fashion in sculpture. The face is framed by thick hair, falling symmetrically in heavy locks at both sides, and by a beard. The deep-set eyes express little emotion. Only the partly-open mouth gives the face an ecstatic and dreamy quality.

E. Mavleev, D. Vanhove
Literature:
O. Waldhauer, Die antiken Skulpturen der Ermitage (Berlin, 1931) no. 48 p. 8 pl. XXIX.
Credits:
© 1993. Photo, text: Olympism in antiquity. Olympic Museum Lausanne. Bertelsmann UFA. Industria Gráfica S. A. Barcelona, 1993, p. 73 cat. no. 16.
© Photo — M. Verhasselt (Brussels-Dilbeek).
© 1993 — Comité International Olympique.
Keywords: γλυπτική sculptura sculpture sculptural scultura skulptur greek greca greco greche griechische griechisches grecque grecquesё κεφάλι head testa kopf tête ελληνική μυθολογία mythologia graeca mythology mitologia mythologie θεός ποσειδῶν posidon poseidon god dio poseidone posidone gott dieu poséidon fine-grained parian marble of neptune piny wreath inv no a. 523