Classical Antiquities - 600 B.C. - 500 A.D.


   
Greek terracotta head of a woman, archaic period, IV c. B.C.
 


 

 

Though merely 7 cm high, this head of a Core is a nice display of the main features of Archaic Greek art's most moving and attractive period : the last third of the VI th century B.C.

The face is quite attractive, although remaining in the frame of the rigorous conventions of the period : almandine eyes which appear only engraved in surface under scarcely marked eyebrows, a mouth animated by a large and gentle smile. This is the famous "archaic smile". The smile will vanish in the beautiful classical period, to reappear in the very expressive hellenistic period.

While the head is covered by a veil, a braid is visible on the right side, and also on the back. The head is a fragment from a figure, or possibly a pottery. It may originate from Rhodes.

Slight fragment of veil reattached in the lower left corner. Collection inscriptions on the back.

 
                                                                                                                                                                                Material : terracotta
                                                                                                                                                                                Origin : Greece, possibly Rhodes
                                                                                                                                                                                Provenance : U.K. art market, ex. auction sale 1999
                                                                                                                                                                                Period : last third of VI ème c. B.C.
                                                                                                                                                                                Dimensions : H. : 7 cm - L. : 4,7 cm

        Ref. : r-167

 

   Price : SOLD - to be informed by e-mail when a similar item becomes available.

 

 
                  

 
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