Head of a Kore or Sphinx
At the back of the head, the hair, which is neatly arranged in nine long parallel tresses with striations that create an overall herringbone pattern, terminates in a horizontal undulating edge near the shoulder blades. The hair is swept back in a bold wave over the ears, and thereby imparts a greater prominence to the ears. Given the incomplete nature of the sculpture once cannot altogether discount the possibility that it may represent a winged sphinx.
Sold at: Greek, Roman, Egyptian and Near Eastern Antiquities, Sothebyâ€™s, London, 5 March 1962, Lot 144.
With Dr Elie Borowski (1913-2003), Basel, c.1970â€™s.
â€˜Baronâ€™ Family Collection, USA, received as a gift from the above in the 1970â€™s.
Thence by descent.
Getty Museum, California, mid-1970â€™s, Loan no. 75.AA.27.
Greek, Roman, Egyptian and Near Eastern Antiquities, Sothebyâ€™s, London, 5 March 1962, Lot 144.
â€˜Etruscan Artâ€™, Otis Art Institute of Los Angeles County, 1963, pg. 12.
Del Chiaro, â€˜Etruscan Art from West Coast Collectionsâ€™, Santa Barbara, 1967, no. 13
â€˜The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal, Volume 5, 1977, pg. 49, object 2, images 7-9.