Ancient Leros by Jack Leonard Benson

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In respect to this category, the closest afJinities in shape, fabric and decoration occur in the "Waveline Ware" (although no specimens of actual wavy lines exist among those collected in Leros)'. There can be little doubt, in any case, that these sherds of Leros are of Archaic date (or at least have Archaic precedents). Rather surprising is the dearth at Ayia Marina - and indeed generally - of sherds definitely attributable to the Hellenistic period. whitish ground is similar to a class flourishing in the tenth to thirteenth centuries (PI.

A more detailed publication is promised by Dr. G. Konstantinopoulos, who for this reason refused me permission to obtain any photographs of the piece. As can be seen from the rather poor plate in Pai, there is represented a bearded, well-groomed middle aged man, clothed in a voluminous hirnation. He leans forward on a staff which his right hand grasp. The right foot is shown in bird's eye view; the lower shank of the right leg is somewhat too short. The crossed left foot is completely reversed from the natural suucture, for the big toe is on the inside instead of the outside.

The back is worked roughly in V-shaped folds. The identification as Hygieia is assured from the serpent, so that one might expect her left hand to have held a saucer (Cf. S. Reinach, Rkpertoire de la statuaire grecque et romaine, Paris 1897, pp. 209-295; see esp. 292: 1170A and 294: 1185). The type seems to be certainly Early Hellenistic (cf. M. Bieber, The Sculpture of the Hellenistic Age, New York 1961, Fig. 375, right) but the possibility of its being a Roman copy seems to me strong. , including base.

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