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Head of a silen from Eretria

Collection: Athens, National Archaeological Museum
Title: Head of a Silen
Context: From Eretria
Findspot: Found at Eretria (in 1889)
Summary: Architectural block with high relief head of a Silen
Object Function: Ornament
Material: Limestone
Sculpture Type: Architectural
Category: Single sculpture?
Placement: Other relief sculpture
Style: Late Classical
Technique: Very high relief
Original or Copy: Original?
Date: ca. 350 BC
Dimensions: H. 0.40 m; W. 0.35 m; Th. 0.32-0.33 m
Scale: Life-size
Region: Euboea
Period: Late Classical

Subject Description: The fragment retains the relief head of a Silen, with open mouth, somewhat covered by a thick mustache.

Condition: Head only (nearly complete)

Condition Description: The head is squared on all four sides, and is somewhat chipped on the surface. The back preserves some of the architectural block from which the relief would have protruded.

Material Description: Poros (acc. Svoronos)

Sources Used: Karouzou 1968, 181; Svoronos 1903-12, 242, pl. 43 (lower right)