The absence of an attribute or surviving comparables makes the identification of this bronze difficult. The unruly hair is reminiscent of some Roman depictions of Apollo, such as the Chigi Apollo in Rome (see no. 52 in Simon and Bauchhenss, "Apollon/Apollo" in LIMC, vol. II), but it differs in that the hair of the Chigi Apollo completely covers the ears.
The style of the sculpture is typical of the trend toward archaism in Roman art of the 1st century B.C.-1st century A.D. It is an eclectic creation indebted to earlier Greek forms. The proportions of the face and especially the lips recall Greek art of the Severe Style, from the early 5th century B.C., while the hair is more typical of the late Classical Period, from the early 4th century B.C. The Romans were voracious collectors of earlier Greek art, and when the supply could not meet the demand, workshops, very often staffed by Greeks such as Pasiteles and his pupils Stephanus and Menelaus, created these "antique" figures, either direct copies or, as here, interpretations of Greek originals.