Ancient Cyprus, Archaic Period, 8th to 6th century BCE. Cypriot sculptures like this are getting more difficult to find and are very desirable! A sensitively carved limestone head of a male, wearing a pointed cap, his face beardless and in typical almost triangular form, his large eyes almond shaped with an arched browline above, a prominent naturalistic nose, closed and subtly smiling lips, with nicely delineated facial contours, and the back of his head flat suggesting it was set into a niche. Size: 5.625" H (14.3 cm); 7.375" H (18.7 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: ex Estate of Eldert Bontekoe, Pegasi Numismatics, Ann Arbor, Michigan USA acquired before 2000
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A fragment from a larger piece with loss to neckline as shown. Expected surface wear with abrasions and chips commensurate with age. Losses to cap, above left eye, right side of face/ear, tip of nose, tip of chin, edges of left ear, and other high-pointed areas. Old collection number handwritten in black on underside of neck