Marble head from the figure of a woman


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 150

While this large head preserves very little pigment, it is possible to see where paint was used to delineate the eyes, including the pupils. "Ghost" images like this result when painted and unpainted areas of the marble weather differently over millennia. Traces of red pigment, visible under 30x magnification, appear along the line that separates the neck from the head on the left side.

Marble head from the figure of a woman, Marble, Cycladic

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