Greek Fragmentary bust of a Woman


A finely modelled Greek Tanagra sand-colured terracotta bust fragment of a female figure, depicted here with her hair braided to the back of her head in a sumptuous hairstyle, and wearing opulent earrings. Facial features are naturalistically rendered. This exquisitely evocative fragment was probably part of a bigger statue.


Date: circa 5th - 4th century BC
Provenance: Private UK collection acquired in 1912 at a local auction; and thence by descent. Chiswick Auctions, April 2019, lot 66
Condition: Fine, with signs of aging on the surface. Mounted on a custom made stand.


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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 in Antiquity art please see our relevant blog post: Gifts to the God.

Weight 280.9 g
Dimensions W 4 x H 7.5 cm

Pottery and Porcelain