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Head of Mars

A work made of marble.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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Date:

2nd century

Artist:

Roman

About this artwork

Mars, the Roman god of war, was viewed as both a warrior and a guardian of the Roman people. He can be identified by his distinctive helmet, which here is richly carved with imagery alluding to his martial role. The
sides depict griffins, winged beasts associated with his vengeful nature, while the cheek pieces are each adorned with an image of Cupid carrying a spear and shield. Mars was closely associated with Cupid’s mother, Venus, the goddess of love, whose domain also included warfare and military victory.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium

Culture

Ancient Roman

Title

Head of Mars

Place

Roman Empire (Object made in)

Date

101 CE–200 CE

Medium

Marble

Dimensions

59.2 × 29.5 × 37.8 cm (23 3/8 × 11 5/8 × 14 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

Katherine K. Adler Memorial Fund

Reference Number

1984.1

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