The head is a copy of a type identified by the inscription on a herm copy in the Musei Capitolini (Richter, op. cit., p. 76, no. 1, fig. 274) as the Greek poet Anakreon (ca. 575–ca. 490 B.C.). An almost complete copy of the statue, found in 1835 in a Roman villa at Monte Calvo in the Sabine Hills, is in Copenhagen: Richter (op. cit.), p. 76, no. 5, figs. 278f.; F. Johansen, Catalogue Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. Greek Portraits, 1992, pp. 18ff., no. 1. The poet is depicted nude, except for a light mantle around the shoulders, playing the lyre, and singing. The original is thought to be a work by Pheidias from ca. 450/40 B.C. For the written sources, dating, and interpretation of the original statue see S. Kansteiner, et al., eds., Der Neue Overbeck, vol. 2, 2014, pp. 287ff., no. 18. The present head originally sat on a herm, since the turn of the head differs from that of the Copenhagen statue.
The present herm was formerly at Schloss Glienicke in Berlin, the summer residence of Prince Carl Alexander of Prussia. The palace was designed in neoclassical style by Karl F. Schinkel in 1826. For the marbles still located there see F. Goethert, Katalog der Antikensammlung des Prinzen Carl von Preußen im Schloß zu Klein-Glienicke, 1972. Dispersed marbles from Glienicke Palace include a porphyry statue of a woman formerly at Bagshot Park and now in the British Museum (Gröschel, op. cit., p. 257, fig. 165; H. Gregarek, Kölner Jahrbuch, vol. 32, 1999, p. 189, no. B51), and a head of Athena now in the Antikenmuseum Basel (Gröschel, op. cit., p. 259, fig. 170; W. Schürmann, Antike Plastik, vol. 27, 2000, p. 66, no. K4, pls. 40f.).
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