Cycladic Head

Drawing by Catherine S. Alexander, February 2003, and amended August 16, 2007.

Raking light (top)

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Cycladic Head, 2600-2500 BCE
, Head
3rd millennium BCE
Cycladic period, Early
Creation Place: Cyclades
Marble, hematite
11.4 x 6 x 5.1 cm (4 1/2 x 2 3/8 x 2 in.)
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest from the Estate of Alice M. Kaplan
, 2001.178
Department of Ancient and Byzantine Art & Numismatics
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.
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.
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, no. 1/7, n.p.
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