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Near East / Holy Land, Palmyra, Roman period, ca. 1st century CE. A mold-made terracotta figure of a standing youth who holds something - probably a thyrsus, a staff or spear topped with a pine-cone-shaped ornament, missing its staff - in the crook of one arm. He has curled hair that peeks out from beneath his slightly pointed cap. His wide eyed face is a uniquely Palymyrene style. This figure may have been a cult image from the city, but its purpose is not entirely clear. The inspiration from Classical influence, where mold-made terracotta votive figures were common, is clear. Size: 3.45" W x 7.05" H (8.8 cm x 17.9 cm)

Provenance: private Orange County, California, USA collection, acquired before 2000

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Base has a nicely done repair that is difficult to see. There is a small hole along the mold line near the top of the head.

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Rare Roman Terracotta Standing Youth

Estimate $1,100 - $1,650Apr 17, 2018
Louisville, CO, USA