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Mausoleum at Halikarnassos, Head of Apollo

This larger-than-life male head was found in four very weathered fragments. It is from a figure in action with upturned head and slightly open mouth, beardless, and with long flowing hair gathered up on top of his head; these are all characteristics of Apollo as he was depicted at the time.

The scale is different from that of the other free-standing sculptures from the Mausoleum, suggesting that it may have been part of a sculptural group on the roof of the monument

Number: 
249
Material: 
Marble
Location of Original: 

London, British Museum 1058

Size: 
0.40m
Accession: 

Purchased from Brucciani of London in 1884

References: 

Waywell: The Free Standing Sculptures of the Mausoleum, 118
Lippold: Griechische Plastik, 256 (n.9)
Walston: Catalogue of Casts in the Museum of Classical Archaeology (1889), 95, no.517
Smith: Catalogue of British Museum Sculpture II (1900), 127, pl. XX.2

Date: 
Mid C4 BCE
Sculptor: 
School of Skopas
Provenance: 

Found on site at Halikarnassos

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