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|Collection:||Antiquities - Classical Greek & Roman|
|Date:||300 BC - 200 BC|
Heads like this have been found at ancient temple sites, suggesting that they were left as gifts for the gods. They have also been found in tombs, set on top of urns containing cremated human bones.The backs of the heads were left plain, but the faces were made in moulds. In some cases the potter then altered the faces. This raises the possibility that some of the faces may have been intended as portraits of real people.
|Bequeathed by Doctor Christopher Martin.|