Wreathed Male Head

Cyprus
Archaic period (700–475 B.C.)
c. 500–475 B.C.
Sandstone
6 5/16 x 4 15/16 in. (16 x 12.5 cm)
AP 1972.05
Currently Not On View
Crowned with a laurel wreath symbolic of victory, this small head was carved during the most creative period of Cypriot art, when the island of Cyprus was a mercantile crossroads between East and West. The sculpture reflects this confluence: the idealized facial structure and enigmatic smile resemble contemporary Greek sculpture, while the wide, almond-shaped eyes and tightly knotted curls bespeak a Near Eastern influence.

Provenance

(Elie Borowski [1913-2003], Basel, Switzerland); purchased by Kimbell Art Foundation, Fort Worth, 1972.