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Head of a man

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek


The head is made of limestone. The tip of the nose is missing, but the head is otherwise intact. Traces of red and black paint can be seen with the naked eye on the hair and wreath.

Description of object

The face is triangular with regular features. Almond-shaped eyes with red iris and black pupils, straight nose, slightly smiling mouth. The moustache is straight, while the rest of the beard falls in spiral locks. Below the wreath of laurels and flower buds the hair falls in similar locks, but on the top of the head it is straight. On hair and wreath are traces of red paint.

Choice of methods

Visual examination

  • Macroscopic


F. Poulsen (1951), Catalogue of Ancient Sculpture in the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, cat. no. 16b.

A.M. Nielsen (1992), Catalogue. The Cypriote Collection. Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, cat. no. 12.

  • IN 2538
  • Head
  • 5th cent. B.C.E.
  • Classical
  • Limestone
  • Bought in 1911 on the art market, possibly in Paris.
  • H. 32 cm.; W. 25 cm.; D. 25 cm.

Selected photos

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