Head from a votive statue

About this object

A lifesize head of a bearded male from a votive statue. The man has a slight smile and wears a fillet on the crown of his head.The front ridge of the hair is curved out in cylinders of curls rising from the forehead. A similar set of curls can be seen under the fillet. The hair on the crown of the head are made of zig zag grooves. The beard is short and made of rows of flat spiral curls. The almond shaped eyes and the brows are well shaped. The nose is partially broken.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Cyprus
  • Date made
    5th Century BC beginning
  • Materials
  • 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
    240 mm x 180 mm
  • Note
    Droop, John Percival in the Catalogue of Some Limestone Heads from Cyprus in the Liverpool Public Museums, p. 32, notes: This head in particular, through the treatment of the details is different, has a suggestion of the bearded Attic head in the Louvre. The rendering of the beards in rows of flat spiral curls appears to be peculiarly Cypriote not be put down to any specific influence and it is hard to find parallel to it outside the island. Droop finds similar treatment of the beard in and, and dated 27, 28, 29 to the beginning of the 5th century when the fashion for long hair in men had ended.
  • Related people
    Capt Fothergill ( Collector)

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