Etruscan Terracotta Antefix

SKU: MS.0121

Origin: Mediterranean
Circa: Late 6th Century BC to early 5th century BC
Dimensions: 6.5" Height (16.5 cm)
Medium: Terracotta

In the form of a female head with archaic smile, upturned almond-shaped eyes and arching brows, details drawn in black. The hair in undulating black waves across the forehead, wearing rosette disc earrings, remains of white slip and details in black.

with Emmanuel de Monbrison, Paris, October 1978. Private collection, Switzerland

Her right ear and headdress now broken away. Traces of cream coloured slip remaining in patches over her face, with colours for her hair, brows and eyes and left earring. Some nicks and scratches overall including scratch to forehead, nick to outside corner of her left eye and some minor wear to tip of nose. Mounted onto metal and perspex tall stand.

Antefixes of this type were often used in the in the eaves of Etruscan buildings, likely a temple.

For a similar example see, E. Macnamara, The Etruscans, p. 32-3, fig. 34, or Musei Vaticani, Antefix in the Form of a Female Head, c. 525 - 500 B.C., cat. 13883.



Etruscan Terracotta Antefix


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