Bronze head of a youth

Period: Classical

Date: 3rd quarter of the 5th century B.C.

Culture: Greek

Medium: Bronze

Dimensions: 3 1/8 in. (7.9 cm)

Classification: Bronzes

Credit Line: Fletcher Fund, 1929

Accession Number: 29.48


This head entered the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art attached to the statuette of a man, 29.48a. Although the surface of the two pieces is comparable, the head is larger in scale and quite different in style. It shows a young man with a full head of hair pulled up and held in place with a band. The square hole on the back of the neck was probably for the attachment of the pony tail that was worn up. While the figure has been identified as Dionysos, it may well be another divinity, such as Apollo, or an athletic mortal.