Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Cyrene: male head, Trajanic

Trajanic, early 2nd century AD head of a man. Nose and mouth broken, marble, height 22.5 cm, width 19 cm.

MPH: 0.225 H (chin to crown): 0.225 MPW: 0.190 MPTh: 0.185
Finely grained white marble (-2.23/+4.03: Parian).

Interpol Folder: 2000/31561-1.2

From the sanctuary of Demeter and Persephone outside Cyrene, Libya.

Excavation inv. no. 71-700

Publ.refs.: D. White, "Excavations in the Demeter Sanctuary at Cyrene 1971. Second Preliminary Report," Libya Antiqua 9 (1977) p. 184 n. 65, pl. 85b.

Head, broken off across at top of neck; Missing: nose; Chipped or broken: forehead, eyebrows, eyes, mouth, chin, left ear, crown of head.

This life-size portrait head of a male has a pronounced wedge-shaped form. Compact in its contours, the head is strongly modelled, with a wide forehead, prominent cheekbones, and a squared chin. The straight, thin-lipped mouth has lightly drilled corners. The large, expressive eyes are further emphasized by high-arched brows and the sharp edges of the chisel-cut upper lids.

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