Terracotta figure of an overweight naked woman. Her hair is drawn back and bound in a ribbon and she wears large earrings. Painted on her body are a necklace and flowers, perhaps representing tattoos. These tattoos may indicate that she is a foreign slave, perhaps a Thracian. The woman may be an elderly hetaira.
life-size marble statues were popular on Athenian cemeteries from the fifth to late fourth century BC. This old man is most likely not the person who was buried at the grave site, the old man is looking down at him (or her). The realistic style in which the made was done is typical for the fourth century BC.
This statue is originally from cyprus, the mixture of different styles is evidence of cyprus’ difficult political history in the first millenium BC. In this head alone there are strong Greek influences (almond eyes, mouth and high cheekbones) but also Egyptian (the crown is like Hathoric crowns) and Assyrian (the curls in her hair).
Greek, Cyprus (archaic Period), early 5th century BC