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The Arundel Head

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1760,0919.1

  • Title (object)

    • The Arundel Head
  • Description

    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.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 2ndC BC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • 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.

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  • Bibliography

    • Bronze 847 bibliographic details
    • Bate & Thornton 2012 pp.262-3, fig. 2; p. 295 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G22/fc1

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited: 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

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1760

  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number

    1760,0919.1


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