A Disproportionate Amount of Disembodied Heads at the Met Museum

At the Met, there is a gallery of Greco-Roman statues. A room with a disproportionate number of disembodied heads and torsos without limbs like the character from Johnny Got His Gun (1971). It’s like walking through a gallery of frozen casualties from Savage European battles. A particular statue’s face leans forward. Head wrapped in a hood and her face looks beaten by fire. I think of screaming shells setting ablaze Dresden. In this room, guests calmly stroll between these works, pointing, mumbling. It’s certain no one else had pieced together these ghostly horrors.

Here I was looking for inspiration. Found it.


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