Etruscan Terracotta Profile Head, 325-280 BC
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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Greek: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1172173
Ostracon Ancient Art
Bernhard I. Müller, PhD
Gallery by appointment
Terracotta head of a veiled woman with well delineated features. Lips and tip of the nose squeezed sideward when the head was taken from the mold.
The hairdo arranged in separate strands ending in drop-shaped curls that cover the ear.
One issue with Etruscan votive offerings was the disposable space in the temples. From time to time votives used to be ritually buried in properly arranged repositories called botroi.
Half-heads were a space saving solution as they could be placed in profile against the wall.
Etruscan half-heads depict generally men, cf. items nos. 122-124, tab. 28 in: Patrizio Pensabene. Le Terrecotte del Museo Nazionale Romano II. Rome, 2001. For veiled female heads with a similar hairdo cf. the same source items nos. 199-204.
Etruscan, 325-280 BC
H. 24 cm (9.4 in)
Reconstituted from three large fragments. Small shard at rear and a second close to the vent hole missing. Fine condition.
Swiss private collection. In family possession before 1968. (data will be disclosed to the buyer)
The authenticity of the item is unconditionally guaranteed.