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Bust

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Object Number:
29-107-923
Current Location:
Collections storage
Provenience:
Israel
Beth Shean
Section:
Near Eastern
Materials:
Limestone
Description:
Human bust. "A female with oval face, tending towards triangularity. short straight nose, almond-shaped eyes, large mouth with thin lips, protruding, pointed chin. hair in contracted waves, ears partially visible. short neck. garment (an ampechonon?) regularly draped. Execution: frontal. rude execution. the forehead and the lower portions of the face modelled as single planes slope towards the eyes. eyes outlined by single lines, wedge-shaped at outer corners, pupils are pierced at the center of the eye-sockets. Nostrils modelled. center-line of the mouth clearly indicated, outer edge of the lips are indistinct. Neck rectangular in cross-section, outlined at the chin and the shoulders. relief-effect. the garment very summarily carved. the torso is low, irregularly rectangular, left shoulder is higher than the right."

Romano: "Armless bust of female with head turned slightly to left. Crudely rendered. hair is parted in large sections from forehead in melon coiffure. Locks fall down back sides of neck, and there is a thickening at the back of the head. Oval face with broad forehead; large oval eyes with outlines inscribed and drilled pupils. Broad nose with no nostrils represented. Gouged out separation between lips with mere suggestion of lower lip. Raised areas on right and left sides of head to indicate ears. Jutting chin. Thick neck. Low, rectangular torso with shawl (ampechonon) forming a collar below neck. Broad sweeping ridges for folds. Bottom of bust is flat with extensive traces of the claw chisel and with a small square hole towards left edge. Back of head describes broad convex curve to roughly finished back."
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: 43:28
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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. 198, no. 97
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