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    Sale 7659

    Antiquities

    13 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 39

    AN ATTIC TERRACOTTA FEMALE DOLL

    MID-5TH CENTURY B.C.

    Price Realised  

    AN ATTIC TERRACOTTA FEMALE DOLL
    MID-5TH CENTURY B.C.
    Depicted naked, with row of curls around her forehead, a slight smile on her lips, arms ending just below the shoulder and legs at mid thigh; and a Villanovan impasto ware kyathos, the fluted body with protruding knobs around the shoulder, vertical rim and high looped strap handle with openwork triangle, the interior decorated in white with alternate vertical rows of quadruple lines and swastikas, circa 7th Century B.C., with later metal stand
    6½ in. (16.5 cm.) and 8¾ in. (22.2 cm.) high respectively (2)


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    Item one: cf. R. A. Higgins, Catalogue of the Terracottas in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities, British Museum, Oxford, 1969, p. 182, pl. 89, no. 683; and Sotheby's London, 13-14 December 1990, lot 210 for a similar doll from the Erlenmeyer collection.

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    Provenance

    Collection of Dieter Wyss (1923-1994); and thence by descent to the present owners.