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  • Description

    Limestone woman's head, larger than life-size.
    The head is set, frontal and neckless, upon a base. The facial features are striking, because of the intensity of feeling conveyed and because of the linear style of raised ridges in which they are rendered. The eyes are set close together under a furrowed brow: they are almond-shaped and protuberant, with the lids defined by ridges and the pupils by a drilled hole. The nose is long and separated by a groove from the mouth, which is small and down-turned. The chin is prominent. The hair is shown as thick strands, drawn to the sides from a central parting and secured by a narrow band or diadem, with central rosette. A stylised kiss-curl (rather incongruously) lies on each cheek. The whole face has a mask-like quality because it is so flat: the ears are depicted frontally, and a profile view shows that the brow, nose and chin all project in the same plane (CSIR I, 8).


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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 570 millimetres
    • Width: 345 millimetres
    • Diameter: 310 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Toynbee described this head as that of an underworld goddess.

    Toynbee 1964 'Art in Britain under the Romans' p112, note 5

  • Bibliography

    • CSIR I, 8 no. 67 bibliographic details
    • Roman Britain 1964 p. 55, fig. IV bibliographic details
    • Hobbs & Jackson 2010 p. 91, fig. 71 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G49/od

  • Condition

    The right side of the head, including the ear, and the right side of the base are lost in a straight break. There are abrasions to the chin and mouth, and large chips are missing from the base (CSIR I, 8).

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  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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  • Additional IDs

    • OA.249
COMPASS Title: Stone female head


COMPASS Title: Stone female head

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