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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1873,0505.43

  • Description

    Marble head of a woman from the archaic temple of Artemis.
    Head of woman turned three-quarters to left. The eyebrows are slightly ridged; the eye is a flat almond, deeply recessed beneath and slightly oblique; the outer angle is pointed; the inner angle shows a long curving tear-duct. The nose is broad and short, the nostrils spreading on the cheek, the septum emphasised. The mouth is worked with great delicacy; the lips are straight, the upper one projecting. The chin is heavy and rounded, the cheeks full and fleshy. In the simple, massive forms and the subtlety of the surface-modelling this head contrasts with the others from the columns.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 550BC-520BC (circa)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 19 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    BM Sculpture

    Smith, no. 33, Atlas, pl. XVI, 6; Langlotz, Frühgr. Bildhauerschulen, pp. 103, 107, pl. 61; Lethaby in J.H.S., 1917, p. 3; V. Müller in Arch. Anz., 1921, p. 23; Rodenwaldt, Kunst d. Ant., pp. 186-7.

  • Bibliography

    • Sculpture B89 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G13/dc5

  • Condition

    A straight joint along the right cheek. Ears, temples and hair are missing.

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1873

  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number

    1873,0505.43

Marble head of a man from the archaic temple of Artemis. On its right side is a worked smooth flat area, which indicates that this fragment was either attached to a relief background or is part of a frieze or square pedestal made in separate blocks. The remainder of the face must have been carved on the adjoining block, now missing. The features are east Greek Archaic in style, with fleshy cheeks, a broad nose, long thin lips turning up at the outer edges and long, almond shaped eyes. The pupils would have been painted and traces of paint are preserved on the top lip and between the lips. The forehead is very flat.

Marble head of a man from the archaic temple of Artemis. On its right side is a worked smooth flat area, which indicates that this fragment was either attached to a relief background or is part of a frieze or square pedestal made in separate blocks. The remainder of the face must have been carved on the adjoining block, now missing. The features are east Greek Archaic in style, with fleshy cheeks, a broad nose, long thin lips turning up at the outer edges and long, almond shaped eyes. The pupils would have been painted and traces of paint are preserved on the top lip and between the lips. The forehead is very flat.

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