National Museum of Archaeology - Head with elongated neck

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National Museum of Archaeology - Head with elongated neck

This head made of globigerina limestone was found in a small pit in the Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum dating back to the Temple Period (between 3600 – 2500 BC).

This particular head has some interesting features. The hair, or wig, stands out from the head and is dressed with a central top-knot, from which the hair descends perfectly straight to the neck, where it is cut off. The face is oval, the lower part being broader. The eyes are small, set horizontally and the nose is wide, with a definite bridge. The mouth, much worn, is small with full lips, and the chin is slightly indicated. Traces of red pigment, possibly ochre, can still be seen.

The features and hair represented here are very similar to other heads found, with almond shaped eyes and bobbed hair seeming to be the most popular characteristic represented. This head fits perfectly into the headless stone standing figure found in the same pit at Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum. Even though a number of heads have been found, they are mainly broken off from statues or too small to relate to the headless statues. To date we have no heads that fit these statues, it could be that such heads were made of a perishable material such as wood.

Source: Heritage Malta