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Angel 's head, Kalamos

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


The fragment with the angel’s head composed of three agglutinated parts belongs to a wider, unknown till nowadays synthesis. An angel turned towards the right is preserved till the shoulders. The face has big eyes with arched eyebrows, small mouth and crooked nose. It is the work of local artists in Attica during the first half of the 13th century.

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.