Head of a Girl from a Grave Naiskos (3/4 front right)


The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

Head of a girl originally from a figure in a grave naiskos. A flat area at the back of the head would have rested against the back panel of the architectural structure. The head is carved asymmetrically, probably to compensate for the optical illusion created by its display above the heads of viewers. The left side of her face appears distorted and flaccid compared to the right. The girl's roughly sketched curly hair is divided into sections and pulled back into a braid wound about her head, a modified version of the melon coiffure. The ears have drill holes for the attachment of separately made earrings, now missing. The girl was likely a subsidiary figure in the larger composition of the naiskos.


  • Title: Head of a Girl from a Grave Naiskos (3/4 front right)
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: about 320 B.C.
  • Location Created: Greece (Attica)
  • Physical Dimensions: 23.8 × 16.5 × 19.6 cm (9 3/8 × 6 1/2 × 7 11/16 in.)
  • Type: Relief
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Pentelic marble
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 58.AA.4
  • Culture: Greek
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California
  • Creator Display Name: Unknown
  • Classification: Sculpture (Visual Works)

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