Head of a Bearded Man

A work made of limestone.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of limestone.

Date:

5th century BC

Artist:

Cypriot

About this artwork

This limestone head from the island of Cyprus has features that are common to marble sculptures carved in Greece before 500 B.C. These include almond-shaped eyes, the ringlets framing his upper face, the rows of snail-shell curls stacked in layers to form his beard, which juts out from his chin, and a faint smile. Located in the eastern Mediterranean off the coast of Asia, Cyprus was a major center of maritime commerce. Along with goods, ideas were also exchanged there. The sculptor of this head may have visited Greece or otherwise known about earlier Greek art, which inspired this sculpture.

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Ancient and Byzantine Art

Artist

Ancient Cypriote

Title

Head of a Bearded Man

Origin

Cyprus

Date

500 BC–401 BC

Medium

Limestone

Dimensions

29.2 × 20.3 × 26 cm (11 1/2 × 8 × 10 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Robert A. Waller Fund

Reference Number

1926.437

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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