16 June 2006
TWO GREEK TERRACOTTA ANIMALS
CLASSICAL PERIOD, CIRCA 5TH CENTURY B.C.
Including an ape seated on a low rectangular plinth, its bent knees spread wide, the left hand grasping its ankle, the right forearm resting on its knee, with round eyes beneath a furrowed brow, its mouth slightly downturned, preserving white pigment; and a tortoise standing four-square, with a pointed tail and a pinched head, the carapace articulated
Ape: 3 9/16 in. (9 cm.) high (2)
Ape: American Private Collection, 1994.
Tortoise: European Private Collection, 1982.
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For a similar tortoise see no. 172, p. 29 in Bloesch, et al., Das Tier in der Antike.
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