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


   
Phrygian Greek Terracotta Antefix with Palmette
 

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   Large archaic Greece terracotta antefix (or border roof tile) with a stylised, geometric Anthemia or palmette reduced to 3 leaves and two rincels on the sides.
   Such antefixes would have been mounted in a continuous line around the entire roof of a major building.

   This item originates from an important municipal building in the city of Duver which was part of the ancient state of Phrygia. The Phrygian state was established
   by Greek migrants moving to the Western Coast of Asia Minor some time after the Trojan War and was fabled to have been founded by King Midas. The Phrygians
   were fabulously rich due to extensive gold finds within their territory (hence the myth of Midas and his golden touch)

   Repaired from two large fragments, visible lacks. Traces of dark pigments.

   Provenance: Ex. British art market. Part of a private collection of Phrygian terracotta fragments which was put for sale for the first time in over 25 years.
   The earliest acquisition date of the pieces remains unclear although it seems very likely that they were bought at Sothebys or Spinks (London) in 1964 or 1965
   in one of four auctions which dispersed a large number of similar fragments from the ancient site of Duver.

   Bibliography : "Die Architektonischen Terrakotten Kleinasiens" by Ake Akerstrom, Sweden 1966. (Swedish Institute in Athens, series 4, volume XI).

   Closely related terracotta fragments from the same buildings at Duver are now held by at least 20 major museums including Berlin, Louvre, Istanbul, etc.

 
   Material : Terracotta with engoba
   Dimensions : L : 20,5 cm - H. : 14,8 cm
   Origin : Duver, Phrygia (Western Asia Minor)

   Period : 550-525 BC

        Ref. : r-163

 

   Price & Condition : 450 EUROS -

      

 

 


 
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