Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Cyrene: small woman's head

Described by the excavators as a Late Classical head from a statuette, female.

Marble, height 14 cm, 10.2 cm.

MPH: 0.132 H(chin to crown): 0.108 MPW: 0.099 MPTh: 0.106
Fine grained white marble (Pentelic?).

From the sanctuary of Demeter and Persephone outside Cyrene, Libya.
Excavation inv. no. 71-698

Interpol Folder: 2000/31561-1.14

Publ.refs.: D. White, "Excavations in the Demeter Sanctuary at Cyrene 1971. Second Preliminary Report," Libya Antiqua 9 (1977) p. 177 n. 30, pl. 84 d.

Head, broken off at base of neck; Chipped or broken: tip of nose, neck.

Head of a female statuette. The face is a broad oval with idealized features. The hair is arranged in a roll of hair that frames the face; the tresses hanging down in back are more elaborately twisted.

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