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Greek Earthenware Protome of Goddess
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Western Greek, Archaic, ca. 6th century BCE. An elegant terracotta protome depicting a lovely goddess with well-modeled facial features wearing a long headdress. A protome is a type of bust made by pressing a thin layer of terracotta into a single mold. These were first made in Rhodes, but from the early fifth century BCE onwards they spread throughout Greece. Originally, this piece would have been painted (to see an example of a painted protome, see the terracotta protome of Dionysus at the British Museum). A lovely example that speaks to the importance of women as religious figures in Magna Graecia. Perforated at top. Size: 3" W x 4.5" H (7.6 cm x 11.4 cm); 4.875" H (12.4 cm) on included custom stand.

Greek influenced southern Italy during this time was a place of goddess worship, with Demeter/Ceres, the goddess of the harvest, having a very popular cult. She is the oldest god known from the Roman pantheon, with an inscription found at Falerii dating to 600 BCE. However, many other women both real and mythical played a role in Magna Graecia religion, including priestesses of the Eleusinian mystery cult, a cult of Isis, a cult of Cybele mentioned in the Aeneid, and the women who every year took part in the festival of the Thesmophoria, which was for women only by law and renewed the harvest.

Provenance: private Swiss collection

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#124193
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Surface wear commensurate with age, minor loss to base, faded facial features, otherwise very good with lovely mineral deposits.
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Greek Earthenware Protome of Goddess

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Nov 27, 2017
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**First Time At Auction**

Western Greek, Archaic, ca. 6th century BCE. An elegant terracotta protome depicting a lovely goddess with well-modeled facial features wearing a long headdress. A protome is a type of bust made by pressing a thin layer of terracotta into a single mold. These were first made in Rhodes, but from the early fifth century BCE onwards they spread throughout Greece. Originally, this piece would have been painted (to see an example of a painted protome, see the terracotta protome of Dionysus at the British Museum). A lovely example that speaks to the importance of women as religious figures in Magna Graecia. Perforated at top. Size: 3" W x 4.5" H (7.6 cm x 11.4 cm); 4.875" H (12.4 cm) on included custom stand.

Greek influenced southern Italy during this time was a place of goddess worship, with Demeter/Ceres, the goddess of the harvest, having a very popular cult. She is the oldest god known from the Roman pantheon, with an inscription found at Falerii dating to 600 BCE. However, many other women both real and mythical played a role in Magna Graecia religion, including priestesses of the Eleusinian mystery cult, a cult of Isis, a cult of Cybele mentioned in the Aeneid, and the women who every year took part in the festival of the Thesmophoria, which was for women only by law and renewed the harvest.

Provenance: private Swiss collection

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience.

#124193
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Surface wear commensurate with age, minor loss to base, faded facial features, otherwise very good with lovely mineral deposits.

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