- Museum number
- Object: The Arundel Head
Bronze head from a statue, perhaps of Sophocles. This head represents a man of middle age, with a thick beard, slightly thinning hair and a severe expression, enhanced by a deeply wrinkled brow. His hair is bound by a rolled band, like a diadem of a type usually associated with Hellenistic rulers, rather than philosophers or playwrights. The body types for statues of famous intellectuals are generally semi-draped, with perhaps only the chest bared. Both the body and the face usually exhibit signs of age.
- Production date
- 2ndC BC
Height: 29.21 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Previously recorded as probably having been found in Istanbul. For the evidence for its discovery in a well in Smyrna, by the Revd William Petty, see Harding, Robert JD, 'The head of a certain Macedonian King' An old identity for the British Museum's 'Arundel Homer' in The British Art Journal, Volume IX No. 2, Autumn 2008.
- On display (G22/fc1)
- Exhibition history
1990, 24 Mar-10 Jun, Australia, Canberra, National Gallery of Australia, Civilization: Ancient Treasures from the British Museum, cat. no.85
1990, 28 Jun-23 Sep, Australia, Melbourne, Museum of Victoria, Civilization: Ancient Treasures from the British Museum, cat. no.85
1990, 20 Oct-9 Dec, Japan, Tokyo, Setagaya Art Museum, Treasures of the British Museum, cat. no.120
1991, 5 Jan-20 Feb, Japan, Yamaguchi, Prefectural Museum of Art, Treasures of the British Museum, cat. no.120
1991, 9 Mar-7 May, Japan, Osaka, National Museum of Art, Treasures of the British Museum, cat. no.120
2014-2015, 26 Sept-4 Jan, London, Foundling Museum, Dr Mead
2015, 26 Mar-5 Jul, The British Museum, Defining Beauty: the body in ancient Greek art.
2015, 28 Jul-1 Nov, Los Angeles, J Paul Getty Museum, Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculptures of the Hellenistic World
015-2016, 6 Dec-13 Mar, Washington, National Gallery of Art,Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculptures of the Hellenistic World
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number