Head of a Woman

Object Details


Head of a Woman




Greek (Sicilian)


Sicily, Italy, Europe (Place created)


350–300 B.C.


Terracotta with white slip and polychromy (pink, red, dark pink, white, purple)

Object Number:



28.8 × 19.1 × 15.1 cm (11 5/16 × 7 1/2 × 5 15/16 in.)

Credit Line:

Gift of Dr. Max Gerchik

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Frontal head of a female deity, perhaps Demeter or Kore, which may have been broken from a sculpture. Traces of white slip survive in many places. She wears a high polos with substantial remains of purple, pink and red polychromy. Her bushy, wavy hair is parted in the center. The ears are pierced for the addition of separately made earrings. The back of the head is unmodelled and undecorated and contains a large oval shaped vent hole.

- 1976

Dr. Max Gerchik, American, 1911 - 2008, donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1976.

SICILY: Art and Invention between Greece and Rome (April 3, 2013 to June 15, 2014)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa (Malibu), April 3 to August 19, 2013
  • The Cleveland Museum of Art (Cleveland), September 29, 2013 to January 5, 2014

Lyons, Claire L., Michael Bennett, and Clemente Marconi, eds. Sicily: Art and Invention between Greece and Rome (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2013), p. 186, ill.

Ferruzza, Maria Lucia. Ancient Terracottas from South Italy and Sicily in the J. Paul Getty Museum. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2016), no. 51, ill.