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The Sabouroff head, an important example of Late Archaic Greek marble sculpture, ca. 550-525 BCE.

The Sabouroff head is an important example of Late Archaic Greek marble sculpture. It is dated to circa ca. 550-525 BCE.[1] The sculpture was named after Peter Alexandrovich Saburov, a collector of ancient Greek sculpture and antiquities. It is 23 centimeters in height.[2]

The Sabouroff head, which may have belonged to a life-size statue, has been the object of various debate regarding the unusual design of the heard and beard. Men usually had long hair in 6th century Greek statues, but the beard was a common attribute in archaic sculpture. The treatment of the moustache, separate from the beard on the cheeks and chin, is very rare for Greek sculpture and gives an exotic look to the head.[3]

The head has been described as "nearer to a portrait than any other work surviving from Archaic Greece" (other than the Boxer Relief in Athens).[3]

The sculpture, originally from Athens or Aegina, is now located in the Altes Museum in Berlin. There are conjecture that it may also have been from Caria in Asia Minor.[4]


  1. ^ Snodgrass, Anthony M. (1981). Archaic Greece: The Age of Experiment. University of California Press. p. 182. ISBN 9780520043732.
  2. ^ "Arachne - individual object 80830: Kopf eines bärtigen Mannes (sog. Kopf Sabouroff) - Berlin, Staatliche Museen, Antikensammlung Berlin".
  3. ^ a b Stieber, Mary (2010). The Poetics of Appearance in the Attic Korai. University of Texas Press. p. 98. ISBN 9780292773493.
  4. ^ Morris, Sarah P. (1995). Daidalos and the Origins of Greek Art. Princeton University Press. p. 298. ISBN 069100160X.