Distinctive half-length female busts were a sculptural form unique to the Greek colony of Cyrenaica. The type is funerary in nature, and represents Persephone, the Goddess of the Dead, or other chthonic deities, rising up from the ground. The lower extremities were not sculpted, as they were conceived as being still below ground. For a full discussion of the type see p. 439 in Beschi, "Sculpture in Greek Cyrenaica" in Caratelli, ed., The Western Greeks, and no. 416, op. cit..