Colossal Head of the Poetess Sappho

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 12 May 2018

The face is oval-shaped and fleshy. The eyes were carefully depicted, with deep cuts. The lips are strong, with grooves. A headband encircles the hair at the front horizontally, at the back vertically, and once more obliquely. This is a type of statues commonly known as Sappho. Marble. Roman Period, 2nd century CE, copy of an original dating to the Hellenistic Period. From Smyrna, Izmir, in modern-day Turkey. (Museum of Archaeology, Istanbul, Turkey).



About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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