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Head of a Foreign Warrior

Head of a Foreign Warrior

300–200 BCE
Location: 102C Greek

Did You Know?

There is a small notch below the cap's crest that likely held an attachment, now lost.

Description

This miniature head depicts a man with wild curls that still retain their original red pigment. He is immediately revealed as a non-Greek by his carved mustache, associated with Celtic tribes, and cone-shaped hat called a Phrygian cap, associated with eastern peoples such as the Persians. During the Hellenistic period, various non-Greek peoples served as mercenaries or fought against the Greek kingdoms, and these foreign warriors were depicted extensively in art.
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    Bieber, Margarete. "Greek Sculpture in the Cleveland Museum of Art," Art in AmericaVol. 31, no. 3. (July, 1943). pp. 112-126. Mentioned p. 125, Reproduced fig. 17.
    Bieber, Margarete, and Bollingen Foundation Collection (Library of Congress). The Sculpture of the Hellenistic Age. Columbia Bicentennial Editions and Studies. New York: Columbia University Press, 1955. Mentioned p. 95, Reproduced fig. 372.
    The Cleveland Museum of Art. The Cleveland Museum of Art Handbook. Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1958. Mentioned and Reproduced: cat. no. 34 archive.org
    Carter, Martha L. Classical Art. Cleveland: Cleveland Museum of Art, 1961. Mentioned p. 7; reproduced; p. 8; Plate 12 archive.org
    The Cleveland Museum of Art. Handbook of the Cleveland Museum of Art/1966. Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1966. Reproduced: p. 23 archive.org
    The Cleveland Museum of Art. Handbook of the Cleveland Museum of Art/1969. Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1969. Reproduced: p. 23 archive.org
    The Cleveland Museum of Art. Handbook of the Cleveland Museum of Art/1978. Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1978. Reproduced: p. 25 archive.org
    Neils, Jenifer. “The Twain Shall Meet.” The Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art, vol. 72, no. 6, 1985, pp. 326–359. Reproduced: p. 336, fig. 16 www.jstor.org
  • Echoes from Olympus: Reflections of Divinity in Small-Scale Classical Art. University of California, Berkeley. University Art Museum, Berkeley, CA (organizer) (August 15-December 15, 1974).
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Source URL:

https://www.clevelandart.org/art/1929.440