Head of a Woman (Main View, front)


The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

The oval face, set on a tapered neck with two Venus rings, presents a high forehead, large, asymmetrical eyes with thick eyelids, a straight nose with a flattened ridge, fleshy lips, and a full, dimpled chin. Parted in the middle, the hair is arranged in long, parallel waves around the face and is gathered in a roll behind the neck, exposing the earlobes, pierced for the insertion of earrings. A triangular space in the part suggests that a diadem may have been inserted. The face and hairstyle recall a Classical model and are much like 82.AD.93.2, although here the hair is wavier and facial features less precise.


  • Title: Head of a Woman (Main View, front)
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: about 350 B.C.
  • Location Created: Tarentum (Taras), South Italy
  • Physical Dimensions: 17.8 × 14.1 cm (7 × 5 9/16 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Terracotta
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 82.AD.93.3
  • Culture: Greek (South Italian, Tarantine)
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California
  • Creator Display Name: Unknown
  • Classification: Sculpture (Visual Works)

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