Head from a votive statue


A male and bearded lifesize head from a votive statue. The man is wearing a diadem or a wreath and there is one row of curls on his forehead. His beard is also made out of locks of curls. Most of the facial features and the beard have significanly faded and most of the nose is broken. The almond shaped eyes and brows are well defined. The head is typical of the lifesize or smaller devotional statues wearing a chiton and the himation in the Greek manner and found in Cypriot sanctuaries from the 6th century BC. Droop dated the head to the beginning of the 5th century and noted that the viny or ivy lead could have been an indication that the head belongs to Dionysus, the God of Wine who like Hermes was always represented as a bearded man.