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    Sale 5399

    Antiquities

    30 April 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 108

    A GREEK MELIAN TERRACOTTA RELIEF PLAQUE

    MID 5TH CENTURY B.C.

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    A GREEK MELIAN TERRACOTTA RELIEF PLAQUE
    MID 5TH CENTURY B.C.
    Showing two figures in profile, a larger draped female in the foreground mounting a chariot, holding the reins, and between her arms standing on the chariot a naked winged youth (Eros?), fragmentary
    7¼ in. (18 cm.) high


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    This plaque fragment was probably part of a larger composition depicting a marriage procession, the female mounting the chariot being the bride, accompanied by the youthful god of love, Eros. Such terracotta reliefs were made to decorate wooden caskets or sarcophagi. For a short time (475-440 B.C.), the island of Melos in the Southern Aegean specialised in the manufacture of decorative plaques in terracotta, which were a less expensive alternative to bronze or ivory.

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    Provenance

    Property from the Collection of the Princely House of Liechtenstein; acquired by Prince Johann II (1840-1929) in the late 19th/early 20th Century.