Marble head of a woman wearing diadem and veil


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 156

The presence of both a diadem and a himation (cloak) drawn over the hair suggests that this small exquisitely carved head represents a female divinity such as Hera or Demeter. It may have belonged to a figure that was part of a high relief or the pediment of a small building. The strong curve of the neck probably indicates that the goddess was shown as though moving to her left.

Marble head of a woman wearing diadem and veil, Marble, Greek

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