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The head is of supernatural size with the neck and the upper part of the sternum shaped into a piston for its insertion in a trunk of a statue. It has a slight turn and inclination to the left, as shown by the anatomical shape of the high neck. The face is oval and the forehead is triangular. The almond-shaped eyes, with embossed thin eyelids, were inserted from another material, as evidenced by the carefully opened ocular cavities. The eyebrows are thin, plastically marked. The long and thin nose dominates the face. The fleshy well-shaped lips are half open. The face and neck are thoroughly polished. The hair, with a parting in the middle, is carried with very dense, wavy strands on the sides and back, where they are gathered in an unformed flattened bun. A short distance above the forehead, across the partition, a deep rectangular lattice with a wedge-shaped end, was used to fasten an additional heavy object, most likely a marble veil or diadem, as shown by the careful carving of a thin band on either side of the lattice. Purple remnants in some parts of the hair are obviously a substrate of very thin sheets of gold that covered the hair, as in the hair of the head of the National Archaeological Museum no. Eur. 177 and a figurative head from Potidea, in which purple color and remnants of gold leaves are preserved. Purple remnants in some parts of the hair are obviously a substrate of very thin sheets of gold that covered the hair, as in the hair of the head of the National Archaeological Museum no. Eur. 177 and a figurative head from Potidea, in which purple color and remnants of gold leaves are preserved. Purple remnants in some parts of the hair are obviously a substrate of very thin sheets of gold that covered the hair, as in the hair of the head of the National Archaeological Museum no. Eur. 177 and a figurative head from Potidea, in which purple color and remnants of gold leaves are preserved.

The head is reminiscent of the Borghese Hour type, known mainly from replicas of the Copenhagen Sculpture and the Vatican Museum, as well as other examples or metamorphoses. The type copies the original in the second half of the 5th c. e.g. of the school Pheidias, perhaps of Agoracritus or as recently a bronze statue of Aphrodite of Polykleitos, from Amykles, where it was dedicated by the Spartans (Pausanias III 18, 7-9). The shape of the eyes and the strongly wavy hairs that frame the face, as well as the technical characteristics, such as the use of a drill in the separation of the hairs and the excellent polishing of the surface are characteristic of Hadrian’s era (2nd century AD). The size of the head and its entire shape testify that it is a head from a cult statue of a goddess (Hera or Aphrodite),

A. Choremi – Spetsieri