London, South Kensington
28 April 2004
A GREEK HOLLOW-MOULDED TERRACOTTA FEMALE FIGURE
CIRCA 520-510 B.C.
With typical archaic features, seated on high-backed throne, wearing veil and stephane, with traces of colour, mounted; and a Tarentine terracotta figure of a banqueteer, the hollow-moulded draped figure reclining on the left side, leaning on left elbow which rests on a pillow, wearing a beaded diadem and earrings and holding a rhyton, late 6th Century B.C.
5¾ in. (14.5 cm.) high and 3¾ in. (9.5 cm.) long respectively (2)
European private collection (lots 236-265 and 352): Münzen und Medaillen AG Basel, Kunstwerke der Antike, Auktion 56, 19 February 1980, nos. 129 and 132 respectively.
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Offered to benefit a new scholarship initiative from Bennington College, this work distils the unique form of abstraction for which the artist would become famous
Ahead of the sale of portraits of four different muses, we focus on the women the artist came to depend on so passionately