Large polychrome figure of a woman from Canosa with TL analysis

Object number
Object: Figurine of a standing young woman

Material: Red clay with white grounding and polychrome painting

Date: 3rd century B.C.
Hellenistic period

Description:    Richly painted figurine of a standing young woman. Right hand at the hip, left hand holding dress. The head is slightly tilted to the left.

Size: Height 250 mm, width 90 mm, depth 85 mm

Condition: Head broken and re-attached. Small parts of head and cloth missing. Fragments of base plate re-attached. White grounding widely preserved. Exceptionally well preserved polychrome painting and surface details. With collector's note "Canosa - Statuette - Terracotta 340 a. Chr.". Two small holes for TL analysis (not shown on the pictures).

References: Compare an almost identical figure in the British Museum with Museum Number 1836,0224.436.
A similar figurine was sold at Christie's New York in 2017 for over 10,000 USD.

TL certificate: A thermoluminescence analysis performed in August 2020 has confirmed the age of the figurine to be 2200 years (+/- 13%), which perfectly matches with the dating based on the style.

Provenance: Acquired 2020 from the German private collection Dr. R. Schmidt. Acquired by his father, Dr. Diethelm Schmidt, in the early 1980s from a Cologne (Germany) art gallery.

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