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* A Hellenistic Terracotta Banquet Scene, ca. 2nd century BC

GT005-PB

An amorous couple reclining and kissing upon a kline (an ancient Greek furnished couch), terminating with a horse's head at one end, flanked by two youths. In front, a serving boy and a dog carved in relief.

Sometimes terracotta molded plaques used to decorate buildings depict banqueting scenes very similar to this example. Painted terracotta relief plaques were once pinned to the gable ends of a building in the sacred complex. These were molded to show scenes of a dinner or drinking party with guests lounging on benches; musicians and dancers, including one acrobatically doing a cartwheel.

Condition: Complete, and in very good condition overall. With excellent polychrome remaining.

Dimensions: Length: 9 1/8 inches (23.2 cm.) Height: 6 7/8 inches (17.72 cm)

Provenance: Ex A. Abraham collection, New York acquired between 1962 and 1992


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