Ancient Greek Hellenistic Terracotta Head of a Female


An ancient Greek terracotta hollow-moulded head fragment of a female figure from the Hellenistic period. The figure is depicted with hair braided towards the back of her head ending in a bun at the nape. Her facial features are rendered naturalistically, considerably clear and evident. The head has been modelled in a two-part mould: traces of the joining seam can be seen at the mid-way point vertically. The piece was probably part of a bigger statue.

The piece is supplied with a custom-made stand.

Date: Circa 3rd-1st Century BC
Provenance: From the collection of the late Madame Suzanne Gozlan, thence by descent.
Condition: Fine condition with signs of ageing. Fragmentary at the top.


Terracotta figurines are the most common sculpture type in Greek art. Often fairly crude in their rendering, they were clearly designed for use across all social strata, and provide insight into the everyday lives of Greeks. As a result of their popularity, they were often used for votive purposes.

To find out more about votive offerings, please read our relevant blog post: Ancient Greek Votive Offerings in Antiquity: Gifts to the Gods

Weight 63.4 g
Dimensions L 4.5 x W 3.2 x H 4 cm

Pottery and Porcelain


Reference: For a similar item,The British Museum, item 1877,0515.10.b

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