Head of Munich Oil Pourer type, left profile

Head of Munich Oil Pourer type, from below, looking into face

Head of Munich Oil Pourer type, back view

Head of Munich Oil Pourer type, from back right

Head of Munich Oil Pourer type, frontal view

Head of Munich Oil Pourer type, right profile

Collection: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Title: Head of Munich Oil Pourer type
Context: From Athens
Findspot: Found at Athens
Summary: Head of athlete
Object Function: Victory?
Material: Marble
Sculpture Type: Free-standing statue
Category: Original/copies
Style: Late Classical
Technique: In-the-round
Original or Copy: Copy
Original: Munich Oil Pourer type
Date: ca. - ca.

H ca. 0.23 m; H (face) 0.12 m

Scale: Over life-size
Region: Attica
Period: Graeco-Roman

Subject Description:

Head of a youth, with shortish, curly hair.

Form & Style:

The shape of the face is elongated, with deeply cut features. The precision of the carving (especially on the hair locks) and the clean surface indicate excellent workmanship, so that scholars have taken this statue to be one of the earliest replicas of this Greek masterpiece.

Condition: Head only (nearly complete)

Condition Description:

A single fragment preserves most of head, broken off below lower lip, and around top of neck. The nose and portions of hair are chipped or abraded, and the surface, especially on the left half of the face, is covered with brownish-gray adhesions.

Material Description: 'Pentelic' marble (Comstock & Vermeule)

Technique Description:

Possibly a free copy, as this head came from Athens, and was sculpted earlier than the mechanical copy of this statue, in Munich (Munich GL 302

Collection History: Formerly in the E.P. Warren Collection; acquired by the MFA in 1904.

Sources Used:

Comstock & Vermeule 1976, no. 154 (with previous bibliography)

Other Bibliography:

A.F. Stewart, AJA 82 (1978) 301-302, 305-307, 309-12, fig. 16; F. Carinci, Studi Miscellanei 20 (1971-72) 39 n. 78