Terracotta head of a woman

Greek, South Italian, Tarentine

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 161

Since fine, hard stone such as marble was not readily available, Tarentine artists used terracotta for large-scale figures of high quality. The work to which this extraordinary head originally belonged may have been associated with a goddess, perhaps Aphrodite. Among the thousands of clay vases and figures found at Tarentum, subjects pertaining to the life of women, and specifically marriage, are prevalent.

Terracotta head of a woman, Terracotta, Greek, South Italian, Tarentine

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