Impressive hellenistic Canosa figurine

Object number
Object: Figure of a standing woman

Material: Red clay with partially preserved white ground coat and traces of red painting

Date: 3rd - 2nd century B.C.
Magna Graecia, Canosa

Description:    Standing woman, probably the goddess Demeter. She wears a long chiton which reaches to the ground. Body and arms wrapped in a cloak, the upper hem of which is wrapped around the neck like a collar. The right arm is bent behind the back, the left arm is in front of the left hip. The ends of the cloak fall over the left forearm. The head is tilted slightly towards the right shoulder. Hair parted in the middle. The woman is wearing Dionysis’s crown. A high strap handle is attached behind the head. Hollow inside, a large opening in the back was necessary to avoid damages during burning, and was most probably also used to attach the figure to a large vase.

Size: Height 290 mm with socket and 280 mm without

Condition: Impressively preserved, especially for a clay figurine of this size. No damages, only minor wear. White ground coat partially preserved, traces of red painting. Mounted on a modern black plexiglass socket.

Reference: Antike Terrakoten. Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Kassel, 1977. Nr. 36.

Provenance: Acquired 2017 in a auction house. Ex private collection of the French engineer Mr. E., acquired 1982 at Galerie Carrefour, P. Vérité, Paris, France.

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