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Magna Graecia, Apulia, Canosan Hellenistic Period, ca. 3rd century BCE. A beautiful and still bright example of a mold-made terracotta figure, depicting a standing young woman of fashion. She wears a long chiton, her himation falling from her shoulders and over her arms and back, with her hair curled around her head, peeking out from beneath a large, multi-pointed crown-like headdress. Her skin is painted white, and her hair an earthy red. Her clothing is a beautiful lavender-blue, with pink undertones. Size: 4.1" W x 14.25" H (10.4 cm x 36.2 cm)

Canosa, or Canosion as it was known then, was a major center of the ceramics and pottery trade when it was a Greek polis. It produced truly unique pottery, completely different in decoration style (although not in shape) from earlier and neighboring traditions. The clay is buff, with the decoration applied directly to it without the use of slip. The entire body was covered with white slip, with a second ground of pink color applied over the background where designs have not been drawn.

Provenance: private Secaucus, New Jersey, USA collection; ex-William Froelich collection, New York, New York, USA, acquired in the 1970s

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Arms are lost below the elbow. Headdress has been repaired. Very nice remaining pigment as shown. Nice manganese deposits, especially on the back of the figure.

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Greek Canosan Pottery Polychrome Standing Goddess

Estimate $4,000 - $6,000Feb 15, 2018
686 S. Taylor Avenue Suite 106
Louisville, CO 80027
United States
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