Colossal acrolithic heads with a stepped rear surface for the application of plaster are found mainly in the 3rd and 2nd centuries B.C.
The acrolithic technique, mixing stone with plaster and wood, indicates that the statue stood in a sheltered position, and the colossal size suggests a cult statue.
Though it is conceivable that the head was originally intended to be attached either to a separately carved marble body or to a wooden one using the acrolithic technique, preserved marble heads of both types tend to have bottom tenons much thicker than the short (0.05 m high) plinth on which the Kittos head stood.
(100.) For the acrolithic technique, see Hager-Weigel 1997; Lundgreen 1997, pp.