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This ancient queen bust head was purchesed in the USA.
Thank you for contacting Mearto. This is a bust of a woman in the style of Grecian sculpture. From your photographs, especially the incisions in the hair and the close up of the nose, it appears to be ceramic.
The detailing and shape of the carving, particularly the proportions, indicate to me that it is not a historical piece. The curved incisions above the eyes would not be done in that way and the spacing and shape of the eyes is also telling. The elongated ears are a feature of the Buddha, so a strange element here, since the hairstyle is definitely not in line with Buddhist portrayals and the figure appears to be female, from the shape of the chin.
In my opinion, It was probably created either in the 20th or 19th century. The Fair Market Value, in this case, would be between $50 and $200.
In the case that it is much older, the value would be much higher, perhaps beginning at $800.
Here are some links illustrating my analysis:
Eight busts, 5th to 2nd c.
More recently made busts:
$350, shoulders included