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Head of Hermes

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek


The head is made of Pentelic marble. The right forehead, eyebrow and cheek as well as the point of the beard are chipped. Traces of paint can be observed with the naked eye behind the fillet.

In 2004 the head underwent conservation and was remounted.

Description of object

This bearded man has hair in short locks encircled by a flat band; hair and beard end in small loops.

Choice of methods

Visual examination

  • Macroscopic

Marble identification method

  • Naked eye


F. Poulsen (1951), Catalogue of Ancient Sculpture in the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, cat. no. 241.

M. Moltesen (2005), Catalogue. Imperial Rome III. Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, cat. no. 198.

  • IN 445
  • Head
  • 100-90 B.C.E.
  • Roman Republican
  • Pentelic marble
  • Bought in 1888 from Count Tyszkiewicz’s collection.
  • H. 22 cm.

Selected photos

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