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The image features a plaster cast of the fragment of an artwork which depicts the head of a youthful figure with a large braid facing right, encircled by a disc.

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Artist: Rampin Master Primary
Date: 550 BCE
6th century BCE
Dimensions: 13.5 x 17.5 x 5 in. (34.29 x 44.45 x 12.7 cm)
Object Type: Plaster Cast
Creation Place: Europe, Greece
Medium and Support: Plaster cast after Pentelic marble original
Credit Line: Lent by the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Accession Number: L1991.01
On View: DiMenna-Nyselius Library LL115

The original grave stele fragment, from the Dipylon Cemetery, was found in 1873 near the Dipylon Gate. The discus forms a frame around the head of the athlete, setting off the youth’s prominent profile and carefully bound hair.


Catalogue of the Collection of Casts. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1910, 50, #439
Highlights of the Plaster Cast Collection. Fairfield University, Bellarmine Museum of Art, 2010, 4


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