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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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Pertinence of the Head

Pertinence of the Head

Chapter:
Pertinence of the Head
Source:
The Berkeley Plato
Author(s):

Stephen G. Miller

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520258334.003.0003

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

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