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

Head of Poseidon.

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

Saint Petersburg, The State Hermitage Museum

Origin:
Unknown.
Description:
The godís 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 ó M. Verhasselt (Brussels-Dilbeek).
© 1993 ó Comité International Olympique.
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