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Antefix in the Form of a Female Head

Antefix in the Form of a Female Head

late 500s-early 400s BC

Painted terracotta

Height: 21.9 cm (8 5/8 in.)

Private Collection 27.2020


Did you know?

Much Etruscan architectural sculpture was molded terracotta rather than carved stone.


Staring out with almond-shaped eyes and enigmatic smile, this brightly painted female head hides a rounded back made to serve an important function. She is a molded terracotta antefix, made to cap an open-ended roof tile along the sloping edge of a wooden building. Depending on the size of the structure it adorned, this antefix may have sat alongside dozens of others, likely all similar in form and painted decoration, and perhaps accompanied by additional polychrome architectural sculpture. Sometimes identified as maenads, the female followers of Dionysos (Etruscan Fufluns), such figures might also be nymphs or anonymous maidens.

See also
GR - Etruscan
Greek and Roman Art
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Private Collection

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