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Terracotta protome of a woman

Period:
Archaic
Date:
early 5th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Rhodian
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
H. 2 5/8 in. (6.7 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
Gift of The American Society for the Excavation of Sardis, 1926
Accession Number:
26.164.8
  • Description

    This type of female protome with a narrow ovoid face and a thick veil falling behind the ears seems to have originated on the island of Rhodes during the sixth century B.C. Many examples have been found in sanctuaries and tombs there and in the Rhodian colonies on Sicily. This protome comes from a tomb at Sardis, the capital of the kingdom of Lydia, located inland from the west coast of Asia Minor. Traces of red, blue, and black pigment remain.

  • References

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

    Pinney, Gloria Ferrari and Brunilde Sismondo Ridgway. 1979. Aspects of Ancient Greece Allentown, Penn.: Allentown Art Museum, no. 114, pp. 234-35.

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