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Wreathed Male Head, c. 500 B.C.


Crowned with a laurel wreath symbolic of victory, this small head was carved during the most creative period of Cypriot art, when the island of Cyprus was a mercantile crossroads between East and West. The sculpture reflects this confluence: the idealized facial structure and enigmatic smile resemble contemporary Greek sculpture, while the wide, almond-shaped eyes and tightly knotted curls bespeak a Near Eastern influence.



(Elie Borowski [1913-2003], Basel, Switzerland);

purchased by Kimbell Art Foundation, Fort Worth, 1972.