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Etruscan Terracotta male votive head, 3rd century B.C.

Conservation:  Slight cracks on face; nose, cheek and neck damaged
Material:  Terracotta
Dimensions:  29 cm
Provenance:  French private collection, formed in the 1950s-1970s/ UK private collection, P. Adie/ Acquired at Bonhams, London, Auction, 2014/ This piece is accompanied by an export certificate from the Spanish Ministry of Culture No. 2020/01074 with date 14/02/2020 and certificate of authenticity.
Documents:  Attached thermoluminiscence test (TL)
Exhibited:  Ifergan Collection, Málaga (2018-2020)


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Of hollow form, depicted with youthful features, a mass of curls showing beneath the himation, with some red pigment remaining. This work would belong to the Etruscan classical period, when they began to develop works along the classical lines of those produced during the Imperial period. Thus, we can see a face with idealised features and a classical profile that would form the basis of the classical Roman portrait.

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