Drawing of a face

((:caput hominis ad sin.))

Description of Drawing (English): head of person facing left
Findspot: Smyrna, Basilica (Agora.1)
Drawing Category: Human figures
Writing Style: charcoal
  • Graffito Height: 27.5
  • Graffito Length: 23
Bibliography: Bagnall, R. S. et al., Graffiti from the Basilica in the Agora of Smyrna (2016): 163.
Commentary: Very schematic dipinto of a human head located in the lower left quadrant of the back wall of Bay 12. The head, drawn in profile, is turned toward the left. Possibly male, though the identification is uncertain. The face is characterized by a short and rounded forehead, long pointed nose, small opened mouth, and recessed chin. A large, oval eye, elongated toward the back, dominates the picture. The head sits on a short neck; a few lines toward the back might indicate a short and straight hairdo. One rather long and oblique line exits from the man’s mouth. It could be interpreted as an indication that the figure is speaking or, undoubtedly less nobly, spitting.
Suggested Citation: AGP-SMYD00122, The Ancient Graffiti Project, <http://ancientgraffiti.org/Graffiti/graffito/AGP-SMYD00122> [accessed: 21 Apr 2024]

Editor: Roger S. Bagnall

Principal Contributor: Roger S. Bagnall

Last Revision: 2016-10-03