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Title: Archaic Head in the Allard Pierson Museum
Subtitle: A Problem of Style, Material and Authenticity
Author(s): HEMELRIJK, J.M.
Journal: BABESCH
Volume: 72    Date: 1997   
Pages: 65-91
DOI: 10.2143/BAB.72.0.2002265

Abstract :
From a private collection in Paris (Monserin, Antonovitch), acquired in 1975 as one of the gifts that marked the re-opening of the museum in the new building (formerly the National Bank of the Netherlands). Donated by the Prins Bernhard Foundation. Provenance unknown, but probably from Greece. Porous limestone, with many holes in its surface caused by inclusions that have fallen out. The preserved finished surface warm cream-coloured: this colour is probably due to some modern treatment – perhaps with wax or a similar substance –, since the same warm colour is seen where the surface is damaged, such as on the tip of the chin. In the breaks the colour of the stone is varied and pale-greyish. The limestone is described by Th.B. Roep and J. Smit of the Geological Institute of the University of Amsterdam as ‘creme, cerithium bearing calcarenite (probably medium to thickly bedded); it is miliolide bearing, quartz silty, pellet packstone’.

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