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Head of a goddess, possibly Hera, detail of face

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Head of Hera (?): oblique view from right

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Head of a goddess, possibly Hera from front right

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Head of a goddess, possibly Hera

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Head of a goddess, possibly Hera from front left

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Head of a goddess, possibly Hera from back

Collection: Athens, National Archaeological Museum
Title: Head of Hera (?)
Context: From Argos, Sanctuary of Hera
Findspot: Found at Argos, Sanctuary of Hera
Summary: Head of goddess
Object Function: Cult
Sculptor: Attributed to the school of Polykleitos
Material: Marble
Sculpture Type: Free-standing statue
Category: Separated fragments
Style: High Classical
Technique: In-the-round
Original or Copy: Original
Date: ca. 420 BC
Dimensions: H. 0.27 m
Scale: Life-size
Region: Argolid
Period: High Classical


Subject Description:

Female head, perhaps of the divinity Hera, with hair bound by taenia, or fillet. The earlobes are drilled for earrings, probably added in another material.

Form & Style:

Perhaps school of Polykleitos, with Pheidian influence

Condition: Head only (complete)

Condition Description:

Broken at neck.

Technique Description: Karouzou notes that the sculptor was probably an Argive artist, of the school of Polykleitos, who may have been influenced by Pheidias, and that the 'hard' surface is reminiscent of the bronzeworking tradition of the Argive sculptors' workshops.

Sources Used:

Karouzou 1968, 58, pl. 28a.