- Museum number
- Object: Atlas.
Atlas. The atlas squats as on BM 1880.182. The wings, carved in great depth and away from the body, join it below each shoulder and have a raised curved top and a border continued down part of the side; there are distinct coverts on the right wing and these appear as an incomplete lozenge pattern on the left; the flight feathers end in points on the right. The surviving arm, completely undercut, rests a very articulated hand and fingers on the right knee, the left armpit shows hair and the damaged feet were probably carved. The head is turned to its right on a worn broad torso with lightly raised breasts; below a horizontal gash at the navel are a rounded abdomen and a narrow lower garment, with rounded ridges for folds, covering both thighs and lying between the legs. The head has abundant wavy hair down to the neck, held in place by a narrow fillet and still indicated on the flattened top of the head; the oval face is somewhat empty, with a weak chin and mouth; the eyes are open and slightly protruding; the nose is broken. If the piece rests on the flat part of its base, the right leg is slightly raised.
- Production date
Diameter: 7 centimetres
Height: 16.30 centimetres
Width: 16 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Zwalf 1996:
For a similar raised border on the wing tops see Mizuno and Higuchi, 1978: pl. 101.1.
- Not on display
- 1.Grey schist, broken, chipped and with soil incrustation.
2.Left knee and arm lost; wings damaged; side of head chipped; right arm cracked.
3.Small flat surface behind head and remains of a tenon; bottom flat except where horizontal leg is outlined and with pierced and inserted modern wooden plug.
4.Back roughly worked with vertical and diagonal chisel grooves and two modern drilled holes.
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