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Female head from a grave relief

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek


The relief is made of white fine-grained marble. The tip of the nose is missing. A Visible Induced Luminescence examination revealed an equal distribution of luminescent pigments in the hair and the face indicating the use of Egyptian Blue.

Description of object

The head of a young woman seen in three-quarter profile from the right. Her hair is swept back in curly strands, her face is narrow and well-shaped.

Choice of methods

Visual examination

  • Macroscopic

Technical imaging

  • VIL

Technical imaging

VIL: Luminescent paticles indicating Egyptian Blue are visible in their distribution in the hair and on the face.


F. Poulsen (1951), Catalogue of Ancient Sculpture in the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, cat. no. 216b.

M. Moltesen (1995), Catalogue. Greece in the Classical Period. Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, cat. no. 47.

  • IN 2554
  • Relief
  • c. 340-25 B.C.E.
  • Classical
  • White marble
  • Bought in 1910.
  • H. 26 cm.

Selected photos

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  • In2554_-vil__profil