G82 Greek Archaic limestone head £3500


A rare carved limestone head with typically Archaic features including high cheek-bones, voluminous eyes and long hair.

The profile of the head and shape of the hair locks suggests it may originate from a sphinx rather than a kouros figure.

Greek, Archaic Period, mid 6th Century BC

Fragment as shown

Size: 6.2 x 4.3 cms

Ex. private collection, Beccles, Suffolk, UK; acquired before 1970.

The style of carving is close to the kouros sculptures known as Kleobis and Biton, now in the Delphi Museum, Greece.