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Thu 16.02. - Wed 22.02. "Head of a man"

The dimensions of this head, probably of a man, indicate that it belonged to a statue which must have been approximately life size. Despite the awful cavity deforming the face, we can identifiy full cheeks, a small mouth with full lips, eyes with carved-out pupils, a style comparable to Hellenistic-Roman sculptures.

  • Head of a man, 1st century BC – 2nd century AD, Cast bronze, H: 40 cm, locality: Qaryat al-Faw
    Head of a man, 1st century BC – 2nd century AD, Cast bronze, H: 40 cm, locality: Qaryat al-Faw
  • detailed view, Head of a man
    detailed view, Head of a man
  • detailed view, Head of a man
    detailed view, Head of a man
  • detailed view, Head of a man
    detailed view, Head of a man

The hair, with curls simulated by long twists evenly arranged on the front of the skull and spread out in longer rolls on the nape of the neck, suggests rather a female hairstyle, that of Roman women around the 1st century BC. This type of hairstyle also recalls that of the Graeco-Egyptian statues of the Ptolemaic period, but the original treatment of the curls reveals the production of a local workshop influenced by Graeco-Roman models.

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