Head from a votive statue

About this object

A small male head from a votive statue. The face of the male is slightly turned to the right and facing upwards with a faded smile. He wears a wreath of leaves and has a thick line of possibly braided hair or arranged in a roll on the forehead. The male wears a fillet at the crown of the head. The hair is long at the back of the neck only part of which is surviving. The head was split into two with a heavy crack running across the forehead and it has been glued together. Part of the nose is missing. The eyes are long and flat and very worn and it is doubtful whether they had lids.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Cyprus
  • Date made
    6th Century BC - 5th Century BC
  • 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
    120 mm x 90 mm x 110 mm; 4 3/4 in x 3 9/16 in x 4 5/16 in
  • Note
    Curator's note: Similar examples of beardless small male heads wearing diadems or wreathes of leaves are included in A. Hermary's catalogue of the Cesnola collections at the Metropolitan Museum of New York, catalogue 96, p.101.
  • Related people
    Capt Fothergill ( Collector)

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