About this object

A lifesize male head from a votive statue. The man has a short triangular beard of curly hair, almond shaped eyes and smiling lips. His hair is arranged in thick locks at the back of the neck and similar locks with a middle parting at the crown of the head. There is a thick ridge of hair at the forehead. The man also has very realistic ears but most of his facial features have faded and his nose is broken. The back of the head is very flat.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion
  • Culture
    Cypriot
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Cyprus
  • Date made
    6th Century BC late - 5th Century BC early
  • Materials
    Limestone
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Captain Fothergill
  • Collector
    Captain Fothergill
  • Place collected
    Europe: Southern Europe: Cyprus
  • Date collected
    1872 before
  • Measurements
    305 mm x 285 mm
  • Note
    Curator's note : Similar to catalogue number 81 of the Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Sculpture, Metropolitan Museum of New York, online publication, p.87.
    Droop considered this to be the earliest of the Archaic Greek pieces, based the square shape of the head and how it demonstrates that the artist was still curving from square pieces rather than from the round: the form of the head is practically a cube on which the features have been cut and its suggests that the artist was familiar with figures cut without much sculptural feeling out of beams rectangular in section, the surface of which did not differ much from the earliest art of relief. It was indeed this head, Greek in feeling and impossible to place ealier than say the second quarter of the 6th century and to question Professor Myres earlier ascriptions ''. Droop also notes that what is peculiar in this piece is the arrangement of the flat spiral curls in formal rows with which the beard is rendered: '' Outside Cyprus such meticulous formality is rare though a head at the Louvre thought to be Attic shows yet greater artificiality in the rows of little square ..'' Droop saw this method in 16.5.72.27, 16.5.72.28 and 16.5.72.29 although those heads were dated to the beginning of the 5th century. when long hair of young men were ceasing to be the fashion.
  • Related people
    Captain Fothergill (Collector)

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  • Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art

    Antoine Hermary and Joan R Mertens

    Author: Antoine Hermary and Joan R Mertens
    Publisher: Yale University Press
    Date: 2014
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  • Handbook and Guide to the Collection of Cypriote Sculptures

    Author:
    Publisher:
    Date: 1931
    Description:

  • Some Limestone Heads from Cyprus in the Liverpool Public Museums

    Droop, John Percival

    Author: Droop, John Percival
    Publisher: Liverpool University Press
    Date: March 1931
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