May 2018

Female protome-bust

Πήλινη γυναικεία προτομή αυστηρού ρυθμού

The bust represents a woman's head and her body to the weist. It was found in a stone sarcophagus, where a young woman was buried, along with two clay vases (an Attic lekythos and a Corinthian exaleiptron) and two clay models of fruit: a pomegranate and a fig.

The left part is missing. Mended from large fragments and restored. Few traces of white slip are discerned on the face and the hair, as well as red colour on the neck and her garment. It is mouldmade, with concave rear side and a small circular suspension hole at the top of the head.

The face of the woman is oval with an accented rounded chin, long thin nose, almondshaped eyes and fleshy lips. The hair is gathered, covered by a headband (sack) and visible only on the temples. The neck is tall and wide. The figure wears a peplum with a banded end on the sternum and a short overfold that is folded between the breasts. The nipples are clearly distinguished under the fabric.

The burial, where the bust was found, is one of the 121 that have been excavated at the ancient cemetery at Sindos, dating from the 6th and 5th centuries BC. The burials were of various types: cist-, sarcophagi, pit- and within vessels. They contained large numbers of grave goods: weapons and armor, decorated with gold sheet, jewelry, gold masks, metal and clay vessels, metal models of furniture and chariots and clay figurines.

Dating: 480-460 BC
Origin: From the cemetery of Sindos, Thessaloniki

You can see the exhibit at the temporary exhibition Figurines. A microcosm of clay.