8 June 2001
A CYPRIOT LIMESTONE HEAD OF A WOMAN
Circa Late 5th-Early 4th Century B.C.
The oval face with a pointed chin, her lips pursed into a slight smile, the large almond-shaped eyes lidded, with crisp, arching brows, the wavy hair center-parted at the forehead and projecting from under a tightly-fitted cap, with strands of hair emerging from the cap at the top of her head and falling down the back of the neck, crowned with a fillet of leaves and fruit of the olive tree, wearing two beaded necklaces with a rectangular central pendant, also wearing seven-petalled rosette earrings with beaded conical pendants, with extensive surviving polychrome, including black for the irises and red for the hair
12 in. (31 cm) high
Said to be from Mersin, Anatolia
Acquired by a collector in Turkey in the early 1930s
Antiquities, Christie's New York, 31 May 1997, lot 104
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Cassimatis, "Une Tête Chypriote dans une Collection Privé" in Report of the Department of Antiquities Cyprus, 1981, pp. 160-168, pl. xxxi.
Goethert, Antiken in Deutchen Privatbesitz, pl. 2.1.
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