4 June 2008
A GREEK TERRACOTTA FEMALE HEAD
TARENTINE, CIRCA 350-300 B.C.
Naturalistically depicted and finely detailed, her oval face with sharp brows merging with the bridge of the nose, the eyes with thick upper and lower lids, the straight nose bulging slightly along the bridge, its rounded tip downturned, the fleshy lips with the vermillion line delineated, the undulating upper lip dipping at the philtrum, the bottom lip overhanging, the prominent chin dimpled, "Venus"-lines along her neck, a depression on the ear lobes indicating that they were pierced, the broad bald cranium ridged across the forehead, her hair likely finished in a secondary material
7 in. (17.8 cm.) high
European Art Market, early 1980s.
with Ward & Company, New York, mid 1980s.
Judith and Gerson Leiber, acquired 1987.
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For a head with similar characteristics and features, although male, see the seated poet on view between standing Sirens, now at the Getty Villa (pp. 88-89 in Masterpieces of the J. Paul Getty Museum: Antiquities).
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