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Portrait head mounted on a square pillar. This Roman copy of a portrait of the fifth century BCE Athenian statesman and general was presumably made to decorate a villa at Tivoli, where it was found along with other herms. There are several versions of the same lost Greek original. There is an inscription on the lower part of the herm, missing from this cast, identifying the portrait as that of Perikles, son of Xanthioppos of Athens

Location of Original: 

Rome, Vatican, Sala delle Muse 269


Purchased in 1884 from the Paris Beaux Arts


Lippold: Griechische Plastik, 172 (n.11)
Lippold: Catalogue of the Vatican III (1936), 86, pl. 15
Bernoulli: Griechische Ikonographie (1901), 110, pl. XI
Walston: Catalogue of Casts in the Museum of Classical Archaeology (1889), 114, no.597
Reporter: 19 June 1885, 895, no.550
Richter: The Portraits of the Greeks, 174, & pl.136
Tracy, S: Pericles, A Sourcebook and Reader (2009), 37-8

Roman, C2 CE (?). Original: C5 BCE

Found at Tivoli

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