c. 470 BC
Overall: 19.4 x 13.1 x 15.9 cm (7 5/8 x 5 3/16 x 6 1/4 in.)
Weight: 5.897 kg (13 lbs.)
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1928.195
Julie Mehretu: Portals (FRONT International: Oh, Gods of Dust and Rainbows)
The Severe style, named for its sober simplicity, marks the beginning of the Greek Classical period, c. 480–450 BC.
Although the face is now badly broken and quite weathered, this head was originally of high-quality workmanship, as can be seen in the extremely fine carving of the wavy hair preserved at the top and back. The slight asymmetry of the neck and facial features suggest that the head, which likely belonged to a full-bodied sculpture just under life-size, turned gently to one side.
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