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Cast no.19

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Cast no.19


Head of woman with so-called melon coiffure.
Purchased in Rome in 1809, and apparently found in Ostia in 1792.
Parian marble.
Style of the 4th century BCE.
Munich, Glyptothek
H with base 22 1/2 in.
Metropolitan Catalogue: Cast no. 767.
Long-term loan.
Cast Location: Robinson B359 Hallway

The young woman has an oval face, smooth and unmarked forehead and face, and somewhat hooded eyes. The hair is pulled back in parallel waves to the base of the head, in the manner of the Herculaneum Women in Dresden. Like them, she may be an idealized portrait. Otherwise, her untroubled features might suggest that she is a Muse or a goddess. The nose, chin, and neck are restored in the cast, making the head appear to be undamaged.

Bibliographic Citation


See Adolf Furtwängler, Beschreibung der Glyptothek König Ludwig's I. zu München (Munich, 1910), 191-194, no. 210. Fig. 19.


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