I honestly couldn’t tell you why I was thinking about this, but one thing I really like at the Met is this pair of bronze eyes.
Similar to the Fragment of a Queen’s Face, obviously part of the appeal here is how the incompleteness makes you focus in on certain elements outside their relation to the whole. However, I would say in the case of the Queen’s Face, the broken stone emphasizes the smoothness of the lips, whereas with these eyes, the absence of the face actually emphasizes the absent face, not the eyes, if that makes any sense. Eyes may not be the window to the soul here, but they do suggest a being. And it’s kind of an interesting museum problem too: in both cases, you could easily argue that the Met has in some senses created a new artwork by choosing to display these items in this state.
I don’t really have a point I just wanted to share.