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Holy woman 's head, Kalamos

Area: Byzantine and Christian Museum, Athens
Date: 1st half of the 13th century

Description:

In this fragment consisted of four agglutinated parts is preserved a fragment of a female head turned to the side. She wears a brown-red dress and on her head she bears an ochre halo framed by a red band adorned with a white, wavy line. The gentle figure bears similar features with the other figures in the church. The painting mood in the attribution of the naked flesh makes the face more expressive.

The church of Hagios Nikolaos lies in the Cemetery of Kalamos outside of the village. It is a cross-vaulted church, which is built on an older temple, dated to the 13th century. It is rubble masonry without brick-work or dentil courses. From the wall paintings decorating the interior only fragments from the roof have been preserved, mainly saints’ and angels’ faces.