Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Cyrene: female head with diadem

According to the excavators, a Hellenistic female head of a statuette.

Marble, height 8.1 cm, width 5.6 cm.

MPH: 0.084 H(chin to crown): 0.060 MPW: 0.056 MPTh: 0.063
Large grained white marble

From the sanctuary of Demeter and Persephone outside Cyrene
Excavation inv. no. 73-444

Interpol Folder: 2000/31561-1.15

Publ.refs.: D. White, "Excavations in the Sanctuary of Demeter and Persephone at Cyrene 1973. Third Preliminary Report," American Journal of Archaeology 79 (1975) p. 46 n. 45, pl. 11, fig. 38.

Head, broken off at base of neck; Chipped or broken: end of nose, hair, edges of veil; surface of face very finely finished with abrasives; surface of veil shows rasp marks.

Veiled and diademed head of a female statuette. The hair is parted in the middle and brushed back from the temples in puffy rolls that frame the face and partly cover the ears. A low diadem of even width is set on the crown of the head just behind the front roll of hair. A veil covers the back of the head; its edges are thick and raised above the surface of the hair.

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