Head and neck from a marble figure


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 151

This head provides the clearest evidence of painted decoration among the Museum’s collection of Cycladic sculptures. Traces of at least six vertical red stripes across the forehead can be seen with the naked eye. Cinnabar red appears again along the nose, on the cheeks, and in the neck incision just below the chin. Paint vestiges on both eyes, with pupils and eyebrows indicated, are also clearly discernible. The Spedos type is named after an Early Cycladic cemetery on the island of Naxos where examples were found.

Head and neck from a marble figure, Marble, Cycladic

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