Greek Terracotta Female Protome

SKU: MS.0055

Origin: Greece, likely Rhodes
Circa: c. 5th century BC
Dimensions: 6.75" Height (17 cm.) 
Medium: Terracotta

Of superb craftsmanship, this mould-made archaizing female protome still retains much of it's original allure. She wears a stephane, with a row of curls emerging from under the headdress. While her almond-shaped eyes, quiet down-turned gaze, and gentle smile subtly impart secrets from a bygone era. Traces of red pigment remain on an ochre ground.


Ariadne Galleries, New York. Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 2 December 1991, lot 128. Mavrommatis collection, Switzerland

With a heavily weathered surface with patches of heavy, rough light coloured dirt encrustation on front and back of piece.

For similar, see. R. A. Higgins, Catalogue of the Terracottas in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities in the British Museum, Volume I, London, 1954, nos 134-141, p.67-69.

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