Selection of Hellenistic Terracotta Heads


A selection of finely rendered Greek, Hellenistic terracotta heads mounted on custom-made stands. The figures’ facial features are clear and delicately rendered. Each piece would once have been part of a larger statue or composition.

Date: Circa 4th-1st century BC
Provenance: Raphaël Collin (1850-1916) collection, Paris. The Senator William A. Clark (1839-1925) Collection, acquired from the above in 1911. Bequeathed to the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., 1925. Deaccessioned and gifted to the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, Washington D.C., 2014. with Sands of Time Ancient Art, Washington D.C., 2021.
Condition: Fine condition with signs of ageing. The facial features are clear with some slight damage. Repairs to Item A. Traces of original pigmentations visible on Item B and D.
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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. All Greek sculptural production was originally polychrome. Few examples of statues and statuettes have come down to modern times in their original condition with their polychromy intact.

To find out more about votive offerings, please read our relevant blog post: Ancient Greek Votive Offerings in Antiquity: Gifts to the Gods

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