Hellenistic Terracotta Head of a Woman

£ 295.00

A finely rendered Greek, Hellenistic terracotta head of a female figure mounted on a custom stand. The figure’s face is framed by soft locks of hair that are then secured at the back in a beautiful knot. On top of this elegant hairstyle sits an arched diadem. The classical facial features are still quite clear despite some damage to the nose and the upper lip. The piece would once have been part of a larger statue or composition depicting a goddess or a female personification.

Dimensions of the piece without the stand: H 7.5 cm x W 4.5

Date: Circa 4th-1st century BC
Provenance: Madame Suzanne Gozlan collection, then by descent.
Condition: Fine condition. Some damage to the tip of the nose and the diadem. A deep vertical incision on the back of the head.


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 62.1 g
Dimensions W 4.5 x H 9.5 cm

Pottery and Porcelain


Reference: For similar: The British Museum, London, item 1814,0704.893

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