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The Berkeley PlatoFrom Neglected Relic to Ancient Treasure, An Archaeological Detective Story$
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Stephen Miller

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520258334

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520258334.001.0001

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Description of the Artifact

Description of the Artifact

Chapter:
Description of the Artifact
Source:
The Berkeley Plato
Author(s):

Stephen G. Miller

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520258334.003.0002

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

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