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* A large Etruscan Terracotta Votive Head of a Goddess, ca. 4th century BC - Sands of Time Ancient Art
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A large Etruscan Terracotta Votive Head of a Goddess, ca. 4th century BC

Votive heads were placed in temples to accompany requests and offerings of thanks to the gods. Stamps and molds were used to produce images of both men and women. On finer pieces, such as this example, elements of the face and hair were refined with a pointed tool before firing in the kiln. Traces of paint suggest that the hair was originally painted bright red. The large, lively eyes, leaf necklace and patterned hair of tight curls below a high polos are hallmarks of Etruscan figural representation.

Dimensions:Height: 13 1/2 in (34 1/4 cm).

Condition: Intact and in very good condition overall, with museum quality custom mount.

Provenance:  Private DC collection, acquired from the New York trade in 1970.

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