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Ancient Greece, Archaic, ca. 650 to 480 BCE. A mould-made terracotta female head protome of the Archaic period, wearing a stephane, a himation drawn up and over her head, with a crimped fringe of bangs and long plaited/braided locks elegantly framing her face and ears, a lovely visage presenting open, almond-shaped, lidded eyes, a relatively naturalistic nose, nicely contoured cheeks, a rounded chin, and that signature Archaic smile. Although the exact significance of this smile is unknown, scholars suggest that the ancient Greeks associated it with good health and well being. The bust is further delineated with a subtly modeled chest and a long neck. A wonderful example from this early period. Size: 4.5" W x 5.5" H (11.4 cm x 14 cm)

Provenance: Ex-Private LA County collection

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Condition

Surface wear with abrasions and losses to peripheries, surface fissure to himation above her head, minor losses to ears and long plaited locks.

Starting Bid

$300.00

Buyer's Premium

  • 24.5%

Western Greek Archaic Pottery Female Protome

Auction ended on Thu, Oct 27, 2016
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Estimate $600 - $900
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