TITLE: Female head
PERIOD: End of Classical Period 5th-4th Century BC.
DIMENSIONS: Height 18 cm.
PRICE: 6,500 €
PROVENANCE: Inherited by a German collector in 1992. Acquired by an ancestor in 1970.
CONDITION: In a good state of preservation with some wearing on the nose and lips, together with a blow to the upper left side of the head.
Free standing sculpted head of a young woman. She has an oval face and gazes directly forward with an almost inexpressive serenity. This indicates that it is a piece destined for a funerary monument.
The eyes are almond-shaped, the nose elongated and the mouth small with fleshy lips. These features are framed by a hairstyle where the hair is drawn back and covered by a “sakkos”, a type of net held with a knot at the nape. This type of hairstyle can be seen on the maidservants in the Attic stelae of Kerameikos. There are two perforations where metallic pieces, today missing, most certainly driven in.
- CHRISTIE'S. Antiquities. 14 April 2011. London, South Kensington. Lot 213.