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1735

Marble colossal head of Artemis from the sanctuary of Demeter and Despoina at Lykosoura, Arcadia
190-180 BC.

It was a part of the larger than life-size standing statue of the goddess, part itself of the cult statuary group of the temple of the Great Goddesses, Demeter and Despoina, at Lykosoura in Arcadia; the group was undertaken by the Messenian sculptor Damophon. The goddess was depicted wearing a fawn skin, her quiver slung over her shoulder, and holding a torch in one head and two serpents in the other. The eyes were made of different material and inlaid. The hair is coiffed in wavy tresses carried back in the so-called melon coiffure. She wears a wreath on her head. To the holes in the ears and temples would have attached metal jewellery. Peloponnesian marble.
Height 0,48 m.

 
 
 
 
 
     
     
                    
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