Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Cyrene: head of a girl

Head from a statue of a female child. Described as Hadrianic or early Antonine by the excavators. Marble, height 16.3 cm, width 14.5 cm.

MPH: 0.163 H(chin to crown): 0.163 MPW: 0.145 MPTh: 0.15

Large grained white marble.

From the sanctuary of Demeter and Persephone outside Cyrene, Libya

Interpol  Folder: 2000/31561-1.12

Excavation inv. no. 71-503

Publ. refs: D. White, "Excavations in the Demeter Sanctuary at Cyrene 1971. Second Preliminary Report," Libya Antiqua A 9 (1977) p.177, n.29, pl.84a; D. White, "Two Girls from Cyrene: Recent Discoveries from the Sanctuary of Demeter" Opuscula Romana 9 (1973) 207-215; esp. 208-210, 212 nos. 26 and 27.

Head, broken off at neck; Chipped or broken: nose, forehead, mouth, left side of head, eyes, ears, hair; surface of face finely finished with rasp.
Life-size head of a female child of about two or three years of age. Her hair is parted in the center, pulled back straight from the face and gathered into a large, flat oval bun set low at the back of the head. An almost "melonenfrisur"-like sectioning of the hair is apparent on the sides of the head, especially on her proper left. Strands of hair and the details of the bun are indicated by drill work. A deep groove encircling the crown is meant to be either part of the hairstyle or to hold a wreath or a fillet.

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