Hellenistic Terracotta Female Head


A Greek terracotta female head fragment from the Hellenistic period. The face has been delicately rendered with naturalistic facial features, offering a peaceful expression. The attributes are now slight worn due to age. Her hair is parted neatly in the centre and placed in an up-do, crowned with a diadem. Her elegant neck extends downwards, but is heavily truncated. The hollow head is mounted on a custom-made stand.

Date: Circa 6th - 2nd Century BC
Provenance: Acquired Bonhams, London, 29 April 2009, Lot 147. From the collection of Jacques Schotte (1928 - 2007) Belgium, 1950's onwards.
Condition: Fine Condition, fragmentary. Cracks to the reverse along with some minor holes consistent with age.


SKU: MJ-42 Category: Tags: ,

Terracotta figurines are the most common sculpture types found across Hellenistic sites. They vary from simple crude figures to finely rendered creations. Although present in a variety of different circumstances, a common usage was as a votive offering in funerary and sanctuary contexts. Terracotta figures were cheap to make and easily replicable, making them well suited for this purpose.

Weight 367.1 g
Dimensions L 6.3 x W 5.8 x H 12.5 cm

Pottery and Porcelain


Reference: For a similar item,The British Museum, item 1868,0705.85

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