A Hellenistic Terracotta Bust | 4th-1st century BC

This terracotta goddess has a veiled head and the bust is dressed in himation and peplos. There are cracks around the head and a part is missing on the left-hand side, but this has been repaired.

Date: 4th-1st century BC.

Size:  mm

Provenance: Purchased in 2020 from a London specialist auction. Formerly with a private Netherlands collection; previously in an old collection since before 1980.


Further reading

Cf. Kilmer, M. F., The shoulder bust in Sicily and south and central Italy: A catalogue and materials for dating in Studies in Mediterranean archaeology 51, Göteborg, 1977; Mandel, U. & Gossel-Raeck, B., Votivterrakotten von der pergamenischen Oberburg, in Istanbuler Mitteilungen 54,, 2004, pp.311-330; and Szabó, N., Contribution à la question des protomes en terre cuite de la Grèce centrale, in Bulletin du Musée Hongrois des Beaux Arts 43, Budapest, 1975, 3-22.

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