lithium stone (lepidolite)
Like many of Gross's stone carvings,
this head retains the character of
the rough block out of which the face
appears to evolve. Lithium stone,
technically called lepidolite, is a soft,
easily carved stone, composed mostly of
purple mica. The unusual color probably
attracted Gross, but it is not widely used
by other sculptors.
Lucretia was a Roman matron in ancient times, who was raped and then committed suicide because of her dishonor. She is represented here as a childlike individual whose features are not fully formed.