G. Siebert (op. cit.) dates the present head to the end of the Hellenistic period, and includes it in a group of heads of Hermes reminiscent of the style of the Greek sculptor Skopas, particularly in the treatment of the forehead, eyes, and mouth. The other two examples are in the British Museum (A.H. Smith, A Catalogue of Sculpture in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities, British Museum, vol. II, London, 1900, no. 1462, Siebert, op. cit., no. 953b, illus., and http://arachne.uni-koeln.de/item/objekt/10518) and in Budapest (A. Hekler, Museum der bildenden Künste in Budapest. Die Sammlung antiker Skulpturen, Vienna, 1929, no. 35, Siebert, op. cit., no. 953c, illus.).
The physiognomy, hairstyle, arrangement of the forelocks, and positioning of the diadem are reminiscent of several heads of Herakles all thought to derive from the same 4th Century B.C. Greek original designated as the "Lenbach Herakles" type. See S. Kansteiner, Herakles. Die Darstellungen in der Großplastik der Antike, Cologne, 2000, cat. nos. Lb 8 (British Museum: http://arachne.uni-koeln.de/item/objekt/10713), Lb 11 (Ny Carlsberg Glyptothek: http://arachne.uni-koeln.de/item/objekt/8997), and Lb 12 (Museo del Sannio, Benevent: http://arachne.uni-koeln.de/item/objekt/1822).
For other heads of Hermes with athletic features similar to depictions of Herakles see A. Linfert's entry in Die antiken Skulpturen in Chatsworth, Mainz am Rhein, 1997, no. 27, pls. 26-27: http://arachne.uni-koeln.de/item/objekt/4114, and C. Gasparri, ed., Le sculture Farnese, vol. I, Milan, 2009, pp. 149-150, no. 68, pl. 63.
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