Head of a Woman - Styles and Influences
Head of a Woman
Mesopotamia; 2nd millennium BC
The full frontal position, the stiff look of the large eyes and the tender hardly noticeable smile characterize Mesopotamian art from the 3rd c. onwards, which rarely departs from the strict canon when it comes to presenting the human figure. The Neo-Sumerian period brought a departure from the strict rules and the wide triangular nose, narrow face and slightly curved lips give this head the portrait traits typical of that period.