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Series: The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus
Marble statue from the Mausoleum of Halikarnassos, the so-called ‘Artemisia’. It is a representation of standing female figure on large scale.
The female statue was carved from a single block of Pentelic marble. Apart from the eyes most of the statue’s face is missing. Her hair is exposed only at the front, where a symmetrically arranged triple row of formal curls runs above her forehead, terminating in front of each ear. Behind this the rest of the hair is covered by a sakkos (close-fitting cap). The upper edge of a himation has been drawn as a veil over the cap. Her body is heavily built. The weight of the figure is taken fully on the left leg, while the heel of the right foot is slightly raised off the ground. The upper part of the body is set square, shoulders level, head upright and gaze straight forward. Both upper arms are held close to the body. The woman wears a long chiton with elbow-length sleeves fastened by buttons, a himation which is drawn up over her head and clutched at the waist and thick-soled sandals. Much of the face, right forearm, most of the left forearm, tip of the left foot, and parts of drapery are missing.
The statue is reconstructed from several fragments. Details were painted.
The statue probably represents one of the female members of the Hekatomnid family. There is no reason to identify her specifically with Artemisia.
- Production date
- 350BC (circa)
Height: 2.67 metres
Width: 1.09 metres
- On display (G21)
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
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