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Ideal Portrait of Alexander the Great as Helios


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One of the titles given to Alexander the Great was Helios, the sun king. This idealised portrait has Alexander’s characteristic wild thick hair, but it partially tied back with a band around his head. There are holes in the band where a metal radiate crown would have been attached, hence this piece’s name.

The original is thought to date from at least a century after Alexander’s death in 323 B.C.

Roman copy of a larger-than-life Hellenistic head.

This 3D printable model was digitised in collaboration between Scan the World and The Statens Museum for Kunst. This plaster cast sculpture of Alexander "Helios" is part of the Statens Museum for Kunst's collection and was scanned in the museum. It has been shared with their permission. The original marble is housed in the Capitoline Museum in Rome. The model can be downloaded and 3D printed from Scan the World.


  • Title: Ideal Portrait of Alexander the Great as Helios
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Location Created: Statens Museum for Kunst
  • Physical Dimensions: h 58 cm
  • Type: Bust
  • External Link: Download 3D Printable file from MyMiniFactory
  • Medium: Plaster
  • Art Genre: Ruler
  • Art Form: Sculpture
  • Depicted Person: Alexander the Great
  • Depicted Topic: Emperor

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