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AN ETRUSCAN TERRACOTTA CYMA SPOUT
AN ETRUSCAN TERRACOTTA CYMA SPOUT

CIRCA 5TH CENTURY B.C.

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AN ETRUSCAN TERRACOTTA CYMA SPOUT CIRCA 5TH CENTURY B.C. In the form of a ketos, the sea monster hollow, open through the mouth from the back of the head, hand-modelled, with a long ridged snout, the bulging eyes under heavy furrowed brows and high equine ears, flat on the underside, preserving a single lead attachment point at the back 13¼ in. (33.7 cm.) long
Provenance
with Jean Mikas, Paris, 1950s.
European Private Collection.

Lot Essay

Representations of the ketos came to incorporate the characteristics of crocodiles and sea horses. Like the Gorgoneion, the ketos gained decorative value, "though probably always with an element of the horrific (p. 735 in Boardman, "Ketos" in LIMC, vol. VIII, 1)."

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