Life-sized male head in polos (Zeus Megistos?) Artist: Unknown

ca. A.D. 160–69

Ancient Art

On view, 1st floor, Dura-Europos
Medium

Limestone

Dimensions

15 5/8 × 10 1/4 × 8 1/4 in. (39.69 × 26 × 21 cm)

Credit Line

Yale-French Excavations at Dura-Europos

Accession Number

1938.5316

Period

Parthian or Roman, 2nd century A.D.

Classification
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Provenance

Provenance

Excavated by the Yale-French Excavations at Dura-Europos (block C4 15, Temple of Zeus Megistos, Naos), present-day Syria, 1928–37; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.
Bibliography
  • Jennifer Chi and Sebastian Heath, eds., Edge of Empires: Pagans, Jews, and Christians at Roman Dura-Europos, exh. cat. (New York: Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, 2011), 113, no. 37, ill
  • Lisa R. Brody and Gail Hoffman, eds., Dura-Europos: Crossroads of Antiquity (Boston: McMullen Museum of Art, 2011), 348, no. 41, pl. 41
  • Hans Erik Mathiesen, Sculpture in the Parthian Empire : a study in chronology, 2 volumes (Aarhus Denmark: Aarhus Universitetsforlag, 1992), 201, no. 185, vol. 1, appendix II, pp.78–80, fig. 62
  • Elise K. Kenney, ed., Handbook of the Collections: Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 272, ill
  • Christa Bauchenss-Thüriedl, Erika Simon, and Ingrid Krauskopf, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, 8 vols. (Zurich: Artemis, 1981–97), vol. 8, p. 386, no. 159, pl. 250
  • Susan B. Downey, The Excavations at Dura-Europos, Final Report III (Los Angeles: Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA, 1977), 66–7, 208–210, no. 50, pl. 13, fig. 50
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