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Head of a statue of a priest, Mid 2nd cent. AD

Head of a statue of a priest, Mid 2nd cent. AD
Found in 1878 at the Theatre of Dionysos on the south slope of the Acropolis.
A young man with curly hair, short beard and a moustache that covers his upper lip is portrayed. The face is rounded and the eyes are shadowed by long, almost horizontal eyebrows. The hair forms thick curls that cover his forehead and nape. On his head he wears a double diadem, a reference to his priesthood. The diadem is composed by a wreath with four strings of myrtle leaves and a strophion that ties at the back of his head with a double knot.
It has been suggested that priests wore the combined wreath and strophion only on certain official ceremonies or particular festivals, while on simpler occasions one of the two would suffice.