Cycladic Head
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
2001.178
Title
Cycladic Head
Classification
Sculpture
Work Type
sculpture, head
Date
2600-2500 BCE
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe, Cyclades
Period
Cycladic period, Early
Culture
Cycladic
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Marble, hematite
Technique
Carved
Dimensions
11.4 x 6 x 5.1 cm (4 1/2 x 2 3/8 x 2 in.)
Provenance
This Cycladic head was in the private collection of the donor's mother Alice M. Kaplan who began collecting in 1955. She purchased the head from George Ortiz of Paris who had it in his collection by 1960.
Aquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest from the Estate of Alice M. Kaplan
Accession Year
2001
Object Number
2001.178
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
Descriptions
Description
Small marble ovoid head and neck with a backward tilt. Sole facial feature is an elongated, triangular nose in relief. Traces of red pigment in the form of closely spaced red dots appear as ornamentation on the forehead and cheeks, and faint traces of pigment are visible also above the nose and in the incised line separating the head from the neck. Head is set on wooden base.
Publication History

Harvard University Art Museums, Harvard University Art Museums Annual Report 2001-2002 (Cambridge, MA, 2003), p. 17-18.

Exhibition History

Meisterwerke Griechischer Kunst, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, 06/18/1960 - 09/25/1960

The Board of Governors Collects, Jewish Museum, New York, 03/27/1965 - 04/27/1965

Gods in Color: Painted Sculpture of Classical Antiquity, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/22/2007 - 01/20/2008

Subjects and Contexts

Collection Highlights

Verification Level

3 - Good. Object is well described and information is vetted