Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Cyrene: Trajanic male head

Roman young male head with heavy fringe, from a late 1st century AD or Trajanic period. Face damaged, marble; height 23.5 cm, width 17.4 cm.

MPH: 0.235 H (chin to crown): 0.233 MPW: 0.174 MPTh: 0.215
Large grained white marble.

From the sanctuary of Demeter and Persephone outside Cyrene, Libya.
Excavation inv. no. 73-977

Interpol Folder: 2000/31561-1.3

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. 43 n. 35, pl. 7, fig. 28.

Head, broken off at base of neck; Missing: nose, left ear; Chipped or broken: forehead, eyes, mouth, chin, right ear; front of face badly abraded.

While all projecting parts of the face have been knocked off and the original surface is much abraded, this life-size portrait head of a male still retains a sense of youthful delicacy. This head represents an individual with Libyan features. The skull is well shaped with a rounded occiput; the face is a long, slender oval with prominent, high-set cheekbones. The hair is worn short. S-curved strands of hair are combed forward over the forehead. Their tips form a straight line across the brow that is brushed toward the head's proper right until interrupted by a fork above the right eye that changes their direction. Behind the ears and at the nape of the neck, locks on the edge of the hairline are combed forward. The locks are very flat and linear in appearance; their texture is defined by chisel work. Wispy sideburns are indicated.

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