Ancient Greek Terracotta Head of a Female

£ 195.00

A finely modelled ancient Greek terracotta head fragment of a female figure, mounted on a custom marble stand. She is depicted with hair braided towards the back of her head in a sumptuous hairstyle ending in an intricate knot. Her facial features are considerably clear and evident. Fragment displays traces of the original white slip, and was probably part of a bigger statue.

Head fragment without stand circa 2.7cm in height

Date: Circa 5th - 4th Century BC
Provenance: Ex Alison Barker collection, retired Barrister-at-law, acquired 1970s-2000s.
Condition: Fine condition, with signs of aging. Mounted onto a custom-made stand.


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 24.6 g
Dimensions W 2 x H 4.8 cm

Pottery and Porcelain



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