Purchased from a New Hampshire based dealer, I am not certain the origins of this beauty, but presume she's European, and certainly quite old (based on the hairstyle I would guess mid 18th c.), with a patch of what I believe are worm holes on the left side of the bust. I love her not quite symmetrical face, which makes this feel much more like a specific portrait than a generalization, and especially the fat, rolled curls of her hairstyle, which make for a fantastic sculptural helmet, especially terrific in profile, as a few curls in front open to the sides. Wonderful carving, wonderful presence, great from every angle, with what feels to me like a certain pride to the pitch at which she leans back when viewed from the sides.
6 1/2" t x 2 5/8" w x 2 3/4" d and in very good antique condition, wood is beautifully aged. Worm holes on the left side of her chest as noted and documented.