Etruscan Terracotta antefixe element depicting a female face, 6th century B.C.

An antefixe is a decorative architectural element that was placed at the end of roof tiles, as a way of ornamenting roofs. In Roman times, especially in the Etruscan period, they were often used to decorate buildings. There are different designs, depending on the type of building in which they are to be used. In large temples and buildings they are usually made of stone, although terracotta ones with designs of figures, palms or masks are more common. In this case we are looking at an antefixe with a female face, made in terracotta, a warm and familiar material.


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