Yellowish limestone head of a female figure; painted. Cut off at neck (smooth cut, sawn off in modern times?), chipped in various places (nose, ears, eyes, hair…). The face is roundish-oval in shape. The large eyes are protruding and pointed at the outer edges. The slim mouth is smiling; the ears are very small with the left one set higher, making the face look asymmetrical. The head cloth is separated from the forehead by means of a small step, which when seen in profile is slightly dented inwards at this point. At the lower edge of the neck a thick pearl necklace is visible; the back of the head is flat. Very faint traces of red paint on the sides and at back of the hair and between the necklace's pearls, but also at the (modern) cut surface of the neck, hence doubful if ancient.
- Production date
Height: 8.10 centimetres
Width: 5.60 centimetres
Depth: 4.20 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Compare the head Cairo 27609 (Nick 2006, cat. 49), which also lacks ear-ornaments. Both heads ought to date from the second quarter of the sixth century BC (Nick 2006, 121, cat. 48, pl. 20). Published (Moormann 2000, 15, n. 18, pl. 7c; Cat. No. 16 Gids. No. 520). 'probably came to light with Petrie excavations'. Record card says 'found at Naukratis' and 'probably from the excavations by Flinders Petrie'. Deep scratch Φ4 (?) on back.
Moormann. 2000. Sculpture, APS coll. 1.
- Not on display
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 7934 (Accession Number)
Miscellaneous number: v. Bissing S.1173 (Other Accession Number)