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A GREEK MARBLE HEAD OF A YOUNG GIRL
A GREEK MARBLE HEAD OF A YOUNG GIRL

CLASSICAL PERIOD, CIRCA 4TH CENTURY B.C.

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A GREEK MARBLE HEAD OF A YOUNG GIRL
Classical Period, Circa 4th Century B.C.
Depicted under-lifesized, the head turned slightly to her right, wearing a crescentic diadem in her curly hair, which is gathered above each ear, her indistinctive youthful features include softly arching brows, lidded almond-shaped eyes, rounded cheeks and pointed chin, her lips curved into a subtle smile
6¼ in. (15.9 cm.) high
Provenance
with Martinos, Athens, 1930s.
Literature
F. Vegas, La Vega, Una Casa Colonial, (ill.).

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This head is likely from a figure of a child votary and is related to a group of small marble figures in this scale and style, the so-called Arktoi or "bears," young girls who provided cult functions at the temple of Artemis at Brauron near Athens. See for example no. 50, p. 113 in True and Hamma, A Passion for Antiquities, Ancient Art from the Collection of Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman.
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