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Boeotian terracotta goddess, Archaic Period, 550-525 BC

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Greek: Sculpture: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1320378
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Bernhard I. Mller, PhD
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Free standing female figure with flattish body, outstretched arms and concave base. The elongated face shows distinctive facial features with a pointed nose and a prominent chin. The goddess is wearing a flaring polos with a petal-like top.
The figurine is rendered as a plank idol and strongly reminiscent of a Daedalic style xoanon, wooden cult images used in Archaic Greece.
The figurine might have been purposely broken before it was ritually buried in a depository (botros).
For a related style cf. item no. 39-40 in: Wolfgang Schürmann. Katalog der antiken Terrakotten im Badischen Landesmuseum Karlsruhe. Göteborg 1989.
Boeotian, Archaic Period, 550-525 BC
H. 24.4 cm (9.6 in)
Old restoration. Reconstituted from four fragments, tips of the arms restored. Grayish surface with remains of the original white coat. Encrusted with soil deposits and root marks. Top of the crown and point of the nose chipped.
Nagel Auktionen, Stuttgart (Germany), July 2009.

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