No. G 207
Date Range: 3rd quarter of 5th century BC
H. 7,5 cm
Material: red-orange clay
Description: Forefront modeled out of matrices, backside smoothed, slightly convex

Terraccotta. Head

Remarkable on this fragment is the voluminous hairstyle, not parted, but fully formed as beaded tresses. The figure also wears a polos, a headgear without ornamentation. Basic approaches of the peplos, a sleeveless dress for women, are still visible on the neck. Identifiable on the surface of the figurine is a white coat, as well as traces of red color in the hair. This indicates that many terracottas were painted in different colors.
The identification of the woman depicted here is uncertain. On the one hand it could be a goddess, but on the other it could be a bride or a priestess too. Also the usage of these figurines is not entirely clarified, but they probably were votive offerings or burial objects.

(S.Sch.)

Literatur

E. M. Christof, Zeugnisse antiker Koroplastik. Griechisch figürliche Terrakotten aus der Sammlung des Instituts für Klassische Archäologie der Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, ungedruckte Diplomarbeit (Graz 1993)
F. W. Hamdorf, Hauch des Prometheus (München 1996) 24-27
R. Higgins, Tanagra and the Figurins (Princeton - New Jersey 1968) 102

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