New York, Park Avenue
30 May 1997
A CYPRIOT LIMESTONE HEAD OF A WOMAN
circa late 5th to early 4th century b.c.
The oval face with a small chin, her lips pursed into a slight smile, with large almond-shaped lidded eyes beneath crisp, arching brows, with crinkly center-parted hair above the forehead protruding from under a somewhat conical, tight-fitting cap, with strands of hair emerging from the cap and falling down the back of the neck, crowned with a fillet of pointed leaves and small fruit, presumably olive, wearing two beaded necklaces with a rectangular central pendant, and elaborate ear caps composed of conical elements, together with seven-petalled rosette earrings with conical pendants, extensive surviving polychrome, including black for the irises and red for the hair
12in. (31cm.) high
Said to be from Mersin, Anatolia. It has been in the same private collection since it was acquired in Turkey between 1930 and 1932.
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Goethert, Antiken in Deutschen Privatbesitz, pl. 2,1.
Cassimatis, "Une Tête Chypriote dans une Collection Privée" in Report of the Department of Antiquities Cyprus, 1981, pp. 160-168, pl. xxxi.
The presence of the olive sugests that this is from a nearly life-sized image of a priestess of Athena, or perhaps even of the goddess herself.
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