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Saint 's head, Kalamos

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


Three agglutinated parts compose this fragment where the upper part of an unidentified young saint’s head is preserved, as indicated by the ochre halo framed by a red line internally and a white one externally. The figure with the youthful features and the rich, well-looked-after hair is depicted frontally. His look turned to the side shows liveliness and tension.

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.