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Head of woman

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek


The head is made of limestone. The nose is missing and the surface is weathered. Traces of red colour can be seen with the naked eye on the head-dress.

Description of object

The narrow face is dominated by almond-shaped eyes, a long nose and a small mouth with a very vague smile. The ears, adorned with several rings, are partly covered by a tight, almost straight head-dress in the Egyptian style. On the left side of the neck there are traces of a necklace. The head probably belonged to either a statuette representing either a goddess’ worshipper or a priestess.

Choice of methods

Visual examination

  • Macroscopic


F. Poulsen 1951, Catalogue of Ancient Sculpture in the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, cat. No. 874.

A.M. Nielsen 1992, Catalogue. The Cypriote Collection. Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. Copenhagen, cat. No. 18.

  • ÆIN 360
  • Head
  • Before 550 B.C.E.
  • Archaic
  • Limestone
  • Acquired in Egypt before 1892.
  • H. 8 cm.; W. 5.9 cm.; D. 5.5 cm.

Selected photos

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