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    Sale 1915

    Antiquities

    6 December 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 146

    AN ETRUSCAN TERRACOTTA REVETMENT PLAQUE

    CIRCA 540-530 B.C.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    AN ETRUSCAN TERRACOTTA REVETMENT PLAQUE
    CIRCA 540-530 B.C.
    Originally part of a long frieze preserving a white swan facing left, bordered by a thick black band on two sides, perhaps forming part of a meander, a stepped design above and below, preserving a section of the bottom edge with a mortise
    9¾ in. (24.8 cm.) high


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    For a fragment with similar decoration see no. 327 in Jucker, Italy of the Etruscans. Etruscan temples were constructed of a wooden framework on a stone foundation. In addition to decoration, these terracotta revetment plaques served the practical purpose of protecting the wood against the elements.

    Provenance

    New York Private Collection, 1983.