Marble head. From the South of the Acropolis, Athens. Around 300 BC.

The curly hair of the figure is tied with a symposiac headband (taenia), an element that has led to its possible identification with Ariadne or Dionysus. The sculpture has been attributed to the school of Scopas. It was unearthed during extensive excavation carried out by the Archaeological Society in 1876, under Stephanos Koumanoudis, across nearly the entire south side of the Acropolis. The excavation of the South Slope was deemed a priority following the establishment of the independent Greek State and was launched by the Archaeological Society as early as 1838, its second year of operation. (ΝΑΜ Γ 182)