Fragment of a Head from an Acrolithic Statue

Unknownabout 450 B.C.

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

This fragmentary female head was created in the acrolithic technique, in which marble was used only for those body parts showing flesh, while the hair and drapery would have been made of other materials, for example, limestone, bronze, or stucco. All of these additions are missing today. Approximately one-third of the left side of the head is preserved. The left eye is hollow indicating that it was inlaid. The hair at the front consists of horizontal crimped grooves framing the face and falling to the front of the ear in large thick locks. A flat hair band encircles the head just behind the ears. Behind the band, the hair is smooth with gently waving incised lines radiating from the crown. Strands of hair have “combed” striations to give texture. The back is left unfinished.


  • Title: Fragment of a Head from an Acrolithic Statue
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: about 450 B.C.
  • Location Created: South Italy
  • Physical Dimensions: 20 × 20.6 × 9 cm (7 7/8 × 8 1/8 × 3 9/16 in.)
  • Type: Female figure
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Pentelic? marble
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 80.AA.66
  • Culture: Greek
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California, Gift of Alan Mindell
  • Creator Display Name: Unknown
  • Classification: Sculpture (Visual Works)

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