Terracotta protome of a goddess

Greek, Rhodian

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.

Terracotta protome of a goddess, Terracotta, Greek, Rhodian

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