Ancient Roman Marble male head -probably Menander, Circa 1st-2nd Century A.D.
This is probably a portrait head of Menander after a Greek original of circa 300 B.C. His lips curving at the corners, with high cheekbones, the large almond eyes set beneath a frowning browline, the forehead creased, the hair falling in thick characteristic curls to the left of the forehead.
Menander was the great comic poet of late 4th Century B.C. Athens. On his death in 293/2, the sons of Praxiteles, Timarchos and Kephisodotus were commissioned by the state to make a statue of him for the Theatre of Dionysus.