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    Sale 2007

    Antiquities

    4 June 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 191

    A GREEK TERRACOTTA FEMALE HEAD

    TARENTINE, CIRCA 350-300 B.C.

    Price Realised  

    A GREEK TERRACOTTA FEMALE HEAD
    TARENTINE, CIRCA 350-300 B.C.
    Naturalistically depicted and finely detailed, her oval face with sharp brows merging with the bridge of the nose, the eyes with thick upper and lower lids, the straight nose bulging slightly along the bridge, its rounded tip downturned, the fleshy lips with the vermillion line delineated, the undulating upper lip dipping at the philtrum, the bottom lip overhanging, the prominent chin dimpled, "Venus"-lines along her neck, a depression on the ear lobes indicating that they were pierced, the broad bald cranium ridged across the forehead, her hair likely finished in a secondary material
    7 in. (17.8 cm.) high


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    For a head with similar characteristics and features, although male, see the seated poet on view between standing Sirens, now at the Getty Villa (pp. 88-89 in Masterpieces of the J. Paul Getty Museum: Antiquities).

    Provenance

    European Art Market, early 1980s.
    with Ward & Company, New York, mid 1980s.
    Judith and Gerson Leiber, acquired 1987.