Head of Youth

c. 470 BCE
Overall: 19.4 x 13.1 x 15.9 cm (7 5/8 x 5 3/16 x 6 1/4 in.)
Weight: 5.897 kg (13 lbs.)
Location: not on view
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The Severe style, named for its sober simplicity, marks the beginning of the Greek Classical period, c. 480–450 BC.


Although the face is now badly broken and quite weathered, this head was originally of high-quality workmanship, as can be seen in the extremely fine carving of the wavy hair preserved at the top and back. The slight asymmetry of the neck and facial features suggest that the head, which likely belonged to a full-bodied sculpture just under life-size, turned gently to one side.
Head of Youth

Head of Youth

c. 470 BCE

Sicily(?), Greek, Severe period

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