Description of the Artifact

Stephen G. Miller

in The Berkeley Plato

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780520258334
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520943599 | DOI:
Description of the Artifact

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This chapter lists the dimensions of the herm and describes the artifact. A typical herm shaft narrows slightly toward the top and supports the head of a bearded male, perhaps in his fifties or early sixties. His head is crowned with a ribbon, or tainia, which is held in place by a headband that encircles the crown of the head. The parts of the tainia between the head and the shoulder are broken away, doubtless at the time when the head was broken from the shaft. The overall appearance of the herm suggests that the head is proportionately too big for the shaft. Another seems to have been caused at the time when the head was broken from the shaft, this time deliberate. The acid bath has had an unfortunate effect on the surface of the head; details have been softened, and the hair has a watery appearance.

Keywords: acid bath; herm shaft; portrait herm; dimensions; tainia

Chapter.  1836 words. 

Subjects: Classical Philosophy

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