20140907b Alexander as Helios by Cosmo Wenman
“I am a golden God!”—Robert Plant, overlooking the Sunset Strip

This is my 3D capture of the Skulpturhalle Basel’s plaster cast of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston’s marble head of Alexander as the sun god Helios.

The Getty Museum describes Alexander as “the first Greek ruler to understand and exploit the propagandistic powers of portraiture,” carefully identifying himself with “characteristics that had been used earlier for the representation of gods and heroes.”

The colossal head is either from second century Egypt, or it’s a 19th century forgery—artifice heaped upon artifice.

No matter that it’s not on public display at the Museum of Fine Arts; you can now forge your own.

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