25 October 2006
A CANOSAN TERRACOTTA BUST OF A WOMAN
CIRCA 3RD CENTURY B.C.
On integral square base, wearing large spherical earrings, her hair drawn back and tied in a chignon at the nape of her neck, with tendrils escaping onto each shoulder, wearing a thick fillet with ivy leaves either side, surmounted by four curling acanthus leaves, remains of polychromy over hair, leaves, lips and eyes, mounted
7¼ in. (18.5 cm.) high
Private collection, acquired from Charles Ede Ltd, London, circa 1976/7.
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These terracottas are often considered as thymiateria but this example only has a slight depression in the centre of the acanthus leaves which may mean that it was intended purely for decoration.
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