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Very Rare Classical Greek Votive Pottery Cow - 450 BC

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Very Rare Classical Greek Votive Pottery Cow - 450 BC
This is one of the largest and rarest examples of Classical Greek art that we have seen. Dating to around 450 BC this beautiful and large naturalistic pottery sculpture of a Cow would have once served in a Temple in ancient Greece as a Fertility Votive. She is shown with full udders and teats, her tail raised. She has flared nostrils and her mouth is partly open , head turned to the right. A very large, naturalistic terracotta with pathos. The classical Greeks were expert sculptors with terracotta as well as stone and marble, this being a glaring example of their expertise. A piece such as this was likely moulded in sections, then finished by hand. Length of terracotta alone: 13 inches. Height: 7 1/2 inches. Width: 8 inches. Condition: Limbs, ears, horns, and tail fractured as shown; part of right foreleg re-attached following clean break. Mounted as shown Provenance: German private collection, 2008. Previously in an English private collection and acquired in the 1970's.

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