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Terracotta protome of a goddess

Period:
Archaic
Date:
early 5th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Rhodian
Medium:
Terracotta ; Fabric: light brown (5 YR 6/4) Slip, paint: white slip, red paint- herringbone necklace (?) with three large oval pendants(?); red ring at border of right earring; red strokes on stephane. Method of manufacture: moldmade, hollow. Back, venting: top is
Dimensions:
H. 11 7/8 in. (30.2 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
06.1141
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 156
This large, beautiful protome consists of a veiled head and unarticulated expanse of neck and throat. The face is modeled in late Archaic style with sharply cut curls, narrow eyes, and closed lips raised at the corners in a smile. It is not possible to know which goddess is represented. Such masks were dedicated at sanctuaries and also placed in tombs. They have holes at the top to permit them to be hung up.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 70, 212, pl. 52c, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

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