Head representing ruler (with elaborate head-dress) made of brass.

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Af1939,34.1

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Head representing ruler (with elaborate head-dress) made of brass.

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  • Head representing ruler (with elaborate head-dress) made of brass.

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  • COMPASS Title: Bronze head with a beaded crown and plume

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  • Head representing ruler (with elaborate head-dress) made of brass.

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  • Head representing ruler (with elaborate head-dress) made of brass.

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  • Head representing ruler (with elaborate head-dress) made of brass.

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  • Register 1939:  Brass head of a man wearing eloaborate crested head-dress cast by the Cireperdue process in naturalistic style; green patina with bands of red on head dress.

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  • Brass (lead-brass) head. The head is a bit less than life size and is made in a naturalistic style characterised by a precise rendering of the face. It has a headdress suggesting a crown of a complex construction. The main section of the crown runs around the head in a three-layer composition. The upper layer is a row of vertical elements suggesting strings of discoid and tubular beads painted in red and fitted with tassels above. Lower is a second range of vertical elements suggesting tubular beads also painted in red and fitted with tassels above. At the bottom is a row of rosettes painted in red. To this main section are attached an arc running over the forehead and a section covering the nape of the neck, consisting of rows suggesting tubular beads in the upper part and feathers in the lower part. Over the forehead is attached a crest comprising a conical element with concentric circles surrounding a central protuberance, and a plume in the form of a plaited element slightly bent to the right.     The face is slightly elongated and covered with incised striations which avoid the lips. Two lines of holes run between the lobes of the ears, one going through the angle of the neck and the jaw, the second crossing the jaw below the lower lip. A double line crosses the upper lip. The almond-shaped eyes are small in proportion to the head and the eyebrow-ridge outlined.    At the front of the neck are grooves representing folds in the skin. Holes are pierced in front and in each side of the neck. The jaw is broken on the right angle, with the missing part leaving a hole.    The head is generally well finished. The crown is painted, while the face and rest of the head are covered by a patina, mostly dark green, with brown areas.

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  • Brass (lead-brass) head. The head is a bit less than life size and is made in a naturalistic style characterised by a precise rendering of the face. It has a headdress suggesting a crown of a complex construction. The main section of the crown runs around the head in a three-layer composition. The upper layer is a row of vertical elements suggesting strings of discoid and tubular beads painted in red and fitted with tassels above. Lower is a second range of vertical elements suggesting tubular beads also painted in red and fitted with tassels above. At the bottom is a row of rosettes painted in red. To this main section are attached an arc running over the forehead and a section covering the nape of the neck, consisting of rows suggesting tubular beads in the upper part and feathers in the lower part. Over the forehead is attached a crest comprising a conical element with concentric circles surrounding a central protuberance, and a plume in the form of a plaited element slightly bent to the right.     The face is slightly elongated and covered with incised striations which avoid the lips. Two lines of holes run between the lobes of the ears, one going through the angle of the neck and the jaw, the second crossing the jaw below the lower lip. A double line crosses the upper lip. The almond-shaped eyes are small in proportion to the head and the eyebrow-ridge outlined.    At the front of the neck are grooves representing folds in the skin. Holes are pierced in front and in each side of the neck. The jaw is broken on the right angle, with the missing part leaving a hole.    The head is generally well finished. The crown is painted, while the face and rest of the head are covered by a patina, mostly dark green, with brown areas.

    Detail: Other

  • Brass (lead-brass) head. The head is a bit less than life size and is made in a naturalistic style characterised by a precise rendering of the face. It has a headdress suggesting a crown of a complex construction. The main section of the crown runs around the head in a three-layer composition. The upper layer is a row of vertical elements suggesting strings of discoid and tubular beads painted in red and fitted with tassels above. Lower is a second range of vertical elements suggesting tubular beads also painted in red and fitted with tassels above. At the bottom is a row of rosettes painted in red. To this main section are attached an arc running over the forehead and a section covering the nape of the neck, consisting of rows suggesting tubular beads in the upper part and feathers in the lower part. Over the forehead is attached a crest comprising a conical element with concentric circles surrounding a central protuberance, and a plume in the form of a plaited element slightly bent to the right.     The face is slightly elongated and covered with incised striations which avoid the lips. Two lines of holes run between the lobes of the ears, one going through the angle of the neck and the jaw, the second crossing the jaw below the lower lip. A double line crosses the upper lip. The almond-shaped eyes are small in proportion to the head and the eyebrow-ridge outlined.    At the front of the neck are grooves representing folds in the skin. Holes are pierced in front and in each side of the neck. The jaw is broken on the right angle, with the missing part leaving a hole.    The head is generally well finished. The crown is painted, while the face and rest of the head are covered by a patina, mostly dark green, with brown areas.

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  • Brass (lead-brass) head. The head is a bit less than life size and is made in a naturalistic style characterised by a precise rendering of the face. It has a headdress suggesting a crown of a complex construction. The main section of the crown runs around the head in a three-layer composition. The upper layer is a row of vertical elements suggesting strings of discoid and tubular beads painted in red and fitted with tassels above. Lower is a second range of vertical elements suggesting tubular beads also painted in red and fitted with tassels above. At the bottom is a row of rosettes painted in red. To this main section are attached an arc running over the forehead and a section covering the nape of the neck, consisting of rows suggesting tubular beads in the upper part and feathers in the lower part. Over the forehead is attached a crest comprising a conical element with concentric circles surrounding a central protuberance, and a plume in the form of a plaited element slightly bent to the right.     The face is slightly elongated and covered with incised striations which avoid the lips. Two lines of holes run between the lobes of the ears, one going through the angle of the neck and the jaw, the second crossing the jaw below the lower lip. A double line crosses the upper lip. The almond-shaped eyes are small in proportion to the head and the eyebrow-ridge outlined.    At the front of the neck are grooves representing folds in the skin. Holes are pierced in front and in each side of the neck. The jaw is broken on the right angle, with the missing part leaving a hole.    The head is generally well finished. The crown is painted, while the face and rest of the head are covered by a patina, mostly dark green, with brown areas.

    Full: Front

  • Brass (lead-brass) head. The head is a bit less than life size and is made in a naturalistic style characterised by a precise rendering of the face. It has a headdress suggesting a crown of a complex construction. The main section of the crown runs around the head in a three-layer composition. The upper layer is a row of vertical elements suggesting strings of discoid and tubular beads painted in red and fitted with tassels above. Lower is a second range of vertical elements suggesting tubular beads also painted in red and fitted with tassels above. At the bottom is a row of rosettes painted in red. To this main section are attached an arc running over the forehead and a section covering the nape of the neck, consisting of rows suggesting tubular beads in the upper part and feathers in the lower part. Over the forehead is attached a crest comprising a conical element with concentric circles surrounding a central protuberance, and a plume in the form of a plaited element slightly bent to the right.     The face is slightly elongated and covered with incised striations which avoid the lips. Two lines of holes run between the lobes of the ears, one going through the angle of the neck and the jaw, the second crossing the jaw below the lower lip. A double line crosses the upper lip. The almond-shaped eyes are small in proportion to the head and the eyebrow-ridge outlined.    At the front of the neck are grooves representing folds in the skin. Holes are pierced in front and in each side of the neck. The jaw is broken on the right angle, with the missing part leaving a hole.    The head is generally well finished. The crown is painted, while the face and rest of the head are covered by a patina, mostly dark green, with brown areas.

    Detail: Other

  • Brass (lead-brass) head. The head is a bit less than life size and is made in a naturalistic style characterised by a precise rendering of the face. It has a headdress suggesting a crown of a complex construction. The main section of the crown runs around the head in a three-layer composition. The upper layer is a row of vertical elements suggesting strings of discoid and tubular beads painted in red and fitted with tassels above. Lower is a second range of vertical elements suggesting tubular beads also painted in red and fitted with tassels above. At the bottom is a row of rosettes painted in red. To this main section are attached an arc running over the forehead and a section covering the nape of the neck, consisting of rows suggesting tubular beads in the upper part and feathers in the lower part. Over the forehead is attached a crest comprising a conical element with concentric circles surrounding a central protuberance, and a plume in the form of a plaited element slightly bent to the right.     The face is slightly elongated and covered with incised striations which avoid the lips. Two lines of holes run between the lobes of the ears, one going through the angle of the neck and the jaw, the second crossing the jaw below the lower lip. A double line crosses the upper lip. The almond-shaped eyes are small in proportion to the head and the eyebrow-ridge outlined.    At the front of the neck are grooves representing folds in the skin. Holes are pierced in front and in each side of the neck. The jaw is broken on the right angle, with the missing part leaving a hole.    The head is generally well finished. The crown is painted, while the face and rest of the head are covered by a patina, mostly dark green, with brown areas.

    Detail: Other

  • Brass (lead-brass) head. The head is a bit less than life size and is made in a naturalistic style characterised by a precise rendering of the face. It has a headdress suggesting a crown of a complex construction. The main section of the crown runs around the head in a three-layer composition. The upper layer is a row of vertical elements suggesting strings of discoid and tubular beads painted in red and fitted with tassels above. Lower is a second range of vertical elements suggesting tubular beads also painted in red and fitted with tassels above. At the bottom is a row of rosettes painted in red. To this main section are attached an arc running over the forehead and a section covering the nape of the neck, consisting of rows suggesting tubular beads in the upper part and feathers in the lower part. Over the forehead is attached a crest comprising a conical element with concentric circles surrounding a central protuberance, and a plume in the form of a plaited element slightly bent to the right.     The face is slightly elongated and covered with incised striations which avoid the lips. Two lines of holes run between the lobes of the ears, one going through the angle of the neck and the jaw, the second crossing the jaw below the lower lip. A double line crosses the upper lip. The almond-shaped eyes are small in proportion to the head and the eyebrow-ridge outlined.    At the front of the neck are grooves representing folds in the skin. Holes are pierced in front and in each side of the neck. The jaw is broken on the right angle, with the missing part leaving a hole.    The head is generally well finished. The crown is painted, while the face and rest of the head are covered by a patina, mostly dark green, with brown areas.

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  • Brass (lead-brass) head. The head is a bit less than life size and is made in a naturalistic style characterised by a precise rendering of the face. It has a headdress suggesting a crown of a complex construction. The main section of the crown runs around the head in a three-layer composition. The upper layer is a row of vertical elements suggesting strings of discoid and tubular beads painted in red and fitted with tassels above. Lower is a second range of vertical elements suggesting tubular beads also painted in red and fitted with tassels above. At the bottom is a row of rosettes painted in red. To this main section are attached an arc running over the forehead and a section covering the nape of the neck, consisting of rows suggesting tubular beads in the upper part and feathers in the lower part. Over the forehead is attached a crest comprising a conical element with concentric circles surrounding a central protuberance, and a plume in the form of a plaited element slightly bent to the right.     The face is slightly elongated and covered with incised striations which avoid the lips. Two lines of holes run between the lobes of the ears, one going through the angle of the neck and the jaw, the second crossing the jaw below the lower lip. A double line crosses the upper lip. The almond-shaped eyes are small in proportion to the head and the eyebrow-ridge outlined.    At the front of the neck are grooves representing folds in the skin. Holes are pierced in front and in each side of the neck. The jaw is broken on the right angle, with the missing part leaving a hole.    The head is generally well finished. The crown is painted, while the face and rest of the head are covered by a patina, mostly dark green, with brown areas.

    Detail: Other

  • Brass (lead-brass) head. The head is a bit less than life size and is made in a naturalistic style characterised by a precise rendering of the face. It has a headdress suggesting a crown of a complex construction. The main section of the crown runs around the head in a three-layer composition. The upper layer is a row of vertical elements suggesting strings of discoid and tubular beads painted in red and fitted with tassels above. Lower is a second range of vertical elements suggesting tubular beads also painted in red and fitted with tassels above. At the bottom is a row of rosettes painted in red. To this main section are attached an arc running over the forehead and a section covering the nape of the neck, consisting of rows suggesting tubular beads in the upper part and feathers in the lower part. Over the forehead is attached a crest comprising a conical element with concentric circles surrounding a central protuberance, and a plume in the form of a plaited element slightly bent to the right.     The face is slightly elongated and covered with incised striations which avoid the lips. Two lines of holes run between the lobes of the ears, one going through the angle of the neck and the jaw, the second crossing the jaw below the lower lip. A double line crosses the upper lip. The almond-shaped eyes are small in proportion to the head and the eyebrow-ridge outlined.    At the front of the neck are grooves representing folds in the skin. Holes are pierced in front and in each side of the neck. The jaw is broken on the right angle, with the missing part leaving a hole.    The head is generally well finished. The crown is painted, while the face and rest of the head are covered by a patina, mostly dark green, with brown areas.

    Detail: Other

  • Photo L ~ R: Replica CRS 10, original EAF18043, replica CRS 12. Brass (lead-brass) head cast in lost wax (cire perdue ) technique. The head is a bit less than life size and is made in a naturalistic style characterised by a precise rendering of the face. It has a headdress suggesting a crown of a complex construction. The main section of the crown runs around the head in a three-layer composition. The upper layer is a row of vertical elements suggesting strings of discoid and tubular beads painted in red and fitted with tassels above. Lower is a second range of vertical elements suggesting tubular beads also painted in red and fitted with tassels above. At the bottom is a row of rosettes painted in red. To this main section are attached an arc running over the forehead and a section covering the nape of the neck, consisting of rows suggesting tubular beads in the upper part and feathers in the lower part. Over the forehead is attached a crest comprising a conical element with concentric circles surrounding a central protuberance, and a plume in the form of a plaited element slightly bent to the right.     The face is slightly elongated and covered with incised striations which avoid the lips. Two lines of holes run between the lobes of the ears, one going through the angle of the neck and the jaw, the second crossing the jaw below the lower lip. A double line crosses the upper lip. The almond-shaped eyes are small in proportion to the head and the eyebrow-ridge outlined.    At the front of the neck are grooves representing folds in the skin. Holes are pierced in front and in each side of the neck. The jaw is broken on the right angle, with the missing part leaving a hole.    The head is generally well finished. The crown is painted, while the face and rest of the head are covered by a patina, mostly dark green, with brown areas.

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  • Brass (lead-brass) head cast in lost wax (cire perdue ) technique. The head is a bit less than life size and is made in a naturalistic style characterised by a precise rendering of the face. It has a headdress suggesting a crown of a complex construction. The main section of the crown runs around the head in a three-layer composition. The upper layer is a row of vertical elements suggesting strings of discoid and tubular beads painted in red and fitted with tassels above. Lower is a second range of vertical elements suggesting tubular beads also painted in red and fitted with tassels above. At the bottom is a row of rosettes painted in red. To this main section are attached an arc running over the forehead and a section covering the nape of the neck, consisting of rows suggesting tubular beads in the upper part and feathers in the lower part. Over the forehead is attached a crest comprising a conical element with concentric circles surrounding a central protuberance, and a plume in the form of a plaited element slightly bent to the right.     The face is slightly elongated and covered with incised striations which avoid the lips. Two lines of holes run between the lobes of the ears, one going through the angle of the neck and the jaw, the second crossing the jaw below the lower lip. A double line crosses the upper lip. The almond-shaped eyes are small in proportion to the head and the eyebrow-ridge outlined.    At the front of the neck are grooves representing folds in the skin. Holes are pierced in front and in each side of the neck. The jaw is broken on the right angle, with the missing part leaving a hole.    The head is generally well finished. The crown is painted, while the face and rest of the head are covered by a patina, mostly dark green, with brown areas.

    3/4: Right

  • Brass (heavily leaded zinc-brass) head cast using the lost wax (cire perdue) technique. The head is a little under life size and is made in a naturalistic style. It has a headdress, suggesting a crown, of complex construction. The main tubular section of the crown runs around the head in a three-layer composition. The upper layer has a band of four horizontal rectangles representing flat, discoidal beads surmounted by a red-painted tubular bead and a tasssel. The central layer has a row of vertical rectangles representing tubular beads with tassels. The lower layer has a row of rosettes painted in red. The main tubular section of the crown also has a projecting arc around the forehead comprising small tubular beads edged with a row of red-painted feathers. At the back of the crown is a neck cover. The central part of the cover has eighteen vertical elements incised to indicate plaitwork with traces of black paint. The bottom and sides have a row of red-painted rosettes. A crest rises above the central crown at the front. It comprises a conical roundel with central boss surrounded by seven concentric rings, problably representing beads. A plaitwork element rises behind the roundel, it terminates in a pointed ovoid tip; both elements bear traces of black paint.     The face is slightly elongated and has vertical incised markings (striations). Two lines of holes run between the lobes of the ears, one going through the angle of the neck and the jaw, the second crossing the jaw below the lower lip. A double line of holes runs across the upper lip. The almond-shaped eyes are small in proportion to the head and the eyebrow-ridge is sharply defined. The lips are not striated.    There are grooves round the front of the neck representing skin creases. There are holes pierced through the neck at the front and at both sides. There is a large irregular hole on the right proper side of the jaw.

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  • Brass (heavily leaded zinc-brass) head cast using the lost wax (cire perdue) technique. The head is a little under life size and is made in a naturalistic style. It has a headdress, suggesting a crown, of complex construction. The main tubular section of

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