Head of a Youth

Unknownabout 440 B.C.

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Head of a youth, carved in the round and broken off at the top of the neck. The hair is thick and unarticulated and frames an oval face. The eyes are carefully depicted with heavy upper and lower lids. The fleshy lips are slightly parted. The proper left eyeball is rounder than the right, the left cheek more carefully carved, suggesting the head was meant to be seen from a three-quarters right view. There has been some damage to the face which is most notable in the missing nose and in the chipped brow and upper lip. There is a hole drilled in the top of the head and root marks on the surface. Previously thought to be from a Parthenon metope, this attribution has been disputed due to differences in scale and style. The head likely came from a high-relief figural sculpture, which may have been a statue base, funerary monument, or architectural relief.

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  • Title: Head of a Youth
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: about 440 B.C.
  • Location Created: Greece
  • Physical Dimensions: 17.5 x 14.2 x 15.3 cm (6 7/8 x 5 9/16 x 6 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Marble
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California
  • Object Type: Relief
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 75.AA.47
  • Display Location: Currently on view at: Getty Villa, Gallery 209, Men in Antiquity
  • Department: Antiquities
  • Culture: Greek
  • Classification: Sculpture


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