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A GREEK TERRACOTTA FEMALE VOTARY
A GREEK TERRACOTTA FEMALE VOTARY

ARCHAIC PERIOD, CIRCA EARLY 5TH CENTURY B.C.

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A GREEK TERRACOTTA FEMALE VOTARY ARCHAIC PERIOD, CIRCA EARLY 5TH CENTURY B.C. Mold-made, standing on a low plinth, clutching a piglet to her chest, wearing a belted crinkly chiton with a long overfold, a himation draped over her shoulders and falling in swallowtail folds, and a low polos, her wavy hair center-parted and tucked behind her ears, with lidded almond-shaped eyes beneath arching brows, a prominent nose and square chin 10 1/8 in. (25.7 cm.) high
Provenance
American Private Collection, 1970s.

Lot Essay

According to Higgins (Catalogue of the Terracottas in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities, British Museum, p. 299) terracotta figures of women holding pigs represent votaries with an offering to Demeter or Persephone. Although they are found all over the Greek world, they occur most frequently in Sicily.

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