Pertinence of the Head

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:
Pertinence of the Head

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This chapter describes the pertinence of the head to the shaft. The acid treatment of the head has ruined the edges of the marble around the neck. The removal of two layers of adhesive from the remainder of the surfaces has further blurred the edges of the marble crystals on the broken surfaces. There is one position at which the head sits comfortably on the shaft. The head is slightly tilted to the shaft, a relationship that can be paralleled on other portrait herms. Conclusive evidence that head and shaft belong together comes from tests carried out by the Demokritos Laboratory of Archaeometry in Athens. Meanwhile, the use of Parian marble should be taken as another indication that the Berkeley Plato is special.

Keywords: shaft; acid treatment; portrait herms; Demokritos Laboratory of Archaeometry; Athens; Parian marble; Berkeley Plato

Chapter.  1287 words. 

Subjects: Classical Philosophy

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