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Head of a woman

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek


The head is made of limestone. The tip of the nose is missing, and the surface is weathered. Traces of red paint can be seen woth the naked eye on the neck, lips and head-dress.

Description of object

The head has an oval face with summarily plain features. She wears a tight, straight head-dress of the Egyptian type, ear-rings and necklace. The head probably belonged to a statuette representing a worsjipper or priestess. The statuette was a dedication to a goddess in a sanctuary, the location of which we do not know. Similar figures have been found in Cyprus and on Samos, where a Cypriote sanctuary was located.

Choice of methods

Visual examination

  • Macroscopic


A.M. Nielsen 1992, Catalogue. The Cypriote Collection. Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, cat. No. 20.

  • ÆIN 362
  • Statue
  • 2nd half of the 6th century B.C.E.
  • Archaic
  • Limestone
  • Acquired in Egypt before 1892.
  • H: 6.4 cm.; W: 5 cm.; D: 4.5 cm.

Selected photos

  • Img_7473_red

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Adobe Photoshop CS5 Macintosh
  • Photographed by Maiken Norup, 2011.