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Artemis A Head
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Her lips are made of copper-rose, and part to reveal teeth made of white marble, while her bronze lashes frame eyes made of marble and chestnut irises . . . .  Her hair is coiffed in the 'melon' style; the wavy hair has been parted into equal sections, twisted and pulled back . . . . (Piraeus Artemis).

This bronze(!) statue of Artemis dates to the fourth century B.C.!  It is larger than life size— 6.4 ft. [1.94 m.] tall.  Originally there was a quiver on her back.  In her right hand she held an offering bowl and in her left a bow (missing).  She is wearing a peplos—the folds of which area clearly visible. 

This statue, along with three others, was found in 1959 during building excavations in Piraeus.  They were found as a group and although deposited at the same time, they were crafted at different periods.  They were probably deposited in the first century B.C.