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Head of the Orator, Demosthenes.

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek


The head is made of white marble, with a grey-brown patina. A piece of the nose has been broken off and is missing. The crown and the rear-most section of the head have been hewn.

In his catalogue from 1951 Frederik Poulsen noted that red colour in the hair was visible to the naked eye.

Description of object

Copy of the head of the statue of Demosthenes. In all likelihood, this head was originally part of a double herm.

Choice of methods

Visual examination

  • Macroscopic


F. Poulsen (1951), Catalogue of Ancient Sculpture in the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, cat. no. 436.

F. Johansen (1992) Catalogue. Greek Portraits. Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, cat. no. 34.

  • IN 1532
  • Portrait
  • Original: 280 B.C.E. Copy: 1st century C.E.
  • Roman Imperial
  • White marble
  • Bought in 1896 in Naples through Ludwig Pollak.
  • H. 26 cm.

Selected photos

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