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Terracotta antefix

Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 500 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
H.: 4 5/8 in. (11.7 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1926
Accession Number:
26.60.13
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157
The roofs of substantial buildings in classical Athens were covered with overlapping tiles. Antefixes were the outermost tiles, often decorated with floral or figural motifs. These examples are said to have come from a small structure on the Athenian Akropolis. The palmettes are variants of those that appear on contemporary vases.
Said to come from the Athenian Akropolis

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 70, 212, pl. 52k, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

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