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Object Number:
29-107-920
Current Location:
Collections storage
Provenience:
Israel
Beth Shean
Section:
Near Eastern
Materials:
Limestone
Description:
human bust. "a female with flat, squarish face, broadest below the eyes. almond-shaped eyes, short, narrow nose, large mouth with thin lips. hair in contracted waves, parted in the middle, plaited (or gathered in a net) to form a large, flattish structure reaching to above the crown of the head. ears covered by the hair. she wears an ampechonon regularly draped around the neck. Execution: frontal. summary modelling. the region is sunken, the eyeballs are outlined by double incision. traces of triangular cut at the bridge of the hose. indistinct lips separated at the corners by diagonal chisel-cuts. neck rectangular in cross-section. relief-effect. pitted surface of the hair and the torso replaces the claw-chisel texturing. the torso is flat and roughly rectangular. "

Romano: "Armless female bust, crudely executed. hair parted i the center and drawn back in thick section separated by grooves framing the forehead and face. At the front of the crown of the head is a drilled depression; a deep groove encircles the head at this point, representing the edge of the finished front of the head. A ridge on the sides of the neck serves similarly as the edge of the finished area. The features are asymmetrical. Face is squarish with a low, broad forehead, large eyes set beneath sharp brow ridges. The eyes are defined by ridges for lids, protruding eyeballs; iris on right ye defined by groove with inner corner drilled. Short, narrow nose, large horizontal mouth with broad groove separating thin lips and diagonal cut at corners. Full cheeks. Thick neck ending in drilled groove. Neck turns sharply to flattish shoulders. Flat, rectangular bust tapering slightly to straight lower edge. On front of bust are multiple pendant folds of the shawl (ampechonon). No arms representing. Back of head and bust are crudely worked.
In back of the head at the midpoint are two small vertical clamp cuttings with drilled holes at the ends. The center of the back of the bust is hollowed out in a depression. In the center of the depression is a depressed irregular rectangular area. The bottom surface of bust has a discolored orange patch, from the iron contact (?). Possible traces of buff substance on the back side of bust and back of head."
Credit Line:
Expedition to Beth Shean (Beisan), 1921-1928

Bibliography:

[Book] Skupinska-Lovset, Ilona. 1983. Funerary Portraiture of Roman Palestine; An analysis of the production in its culture-historical context. : Page/Fig./Plate: 43:29
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[Catalogue] Romano, Irene B. 2006. Classical Sculpture; Catalogue of the Cypriot, Greek and Roman Stone Sculpture in the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 199, no. 98
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