Ancient Greek head of Arundel
The Arundel Head is a Hellenistic bronze sculpture of a dramatist or king from Asia Minor, now kept in the British Museum . Dating to the 2nd-1st centuries BC, the head once belonged to, and takes its name from, the famous English collector of classical antiquities Thomas Howard, 21st Earl of Arundel. The bronze sculpture was brought to England from Constantinople in the early seventeenth century as part of Thomas Howard’s collection.
The head is all that remains of a life-size bronze statue. The artist has realistically conveyed the worn features of an old man, including a wrinkled forehead, almond-shaped eyes and pouting mouth, which gives the portrait an air of power and authority. The hair of this bronze masterpiece is tied down in a ribbon, which suggests it may have portrayed a poet. Once thought to represent the ancient Greek writer Homer , it is currently considered to personify either the ancient Greek playwright Sophocles or Macedonian King.
The bust was acquired by Darksword Armory founder, Eyal Azerad, who has now decided to part with it to make room for new pieces.
Material: Bonded Marble
Dimensions: 15.5″ H x 8″ wide x 10″ deep
Weight: 24 lbs