Greek Terracotta Head of a Woman


A finely modelled Greek sand-coloured terracotta head fragment of a female figure, depicted here with her hair braided to the back of her head ending in a knot. This exquisitely evocative fragment displays traces of original white slip white slip, and was probably part of a bigger statue. Pierced to the neck.

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.


SKU: FP-116 Category: Tags: ,

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 95.1 g
Dimensions W 3 x H 4 cm

Pottery and Porcelain