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    Sale 2174

    Antiquities

    3 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 162

    AN ETRUSCAN TERRACOTTA ANTEFIX

    CIRCA 5TH CENTURY B.C.

    Price Realised  

    AN ETRUSCAN TERRACOTTA ANTEFIX
    CIRCA 5TH CENTURY B.C.
    Molded in the form of Silenus, depicted wearing a cloak over the back of his bald pate, revealing his high pointed ears, with three ridges in relief above his brow, his broad nose with flaring nostrils, his beard and mustache composed of knobby curls, with extensive pigment preserved, including red for his face, black for his beard and mustache, painted rosettes and geometric designs at his chest, remnants of a strut on the reverse
    8 3/8 in. (21.3 cm.) high


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    Provenance

    Japanese Private Collection.
    A Gentleman's Collection; Christie's, New York, 5-6 December 2001, lot 538.
    Dr. Peter Rosier (d. 2007).