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Greek-Canosan vase in the form of a woman´s head in terracotta, 3rd century B.C.

Conservation:  The neck of the upper figure is glued and the handle is slightly damaged.
Material:  Terracotta
Dimensions:  50 x 15 cm
Provenance:  European private collection / Archaeological Gallery, Spain, 2014 / This piece is accompanied by an export certificate from the Spanish Ministry of Culture No. 2020/03177 with date 18/05/2020 and certificate of authenticity.
Documents:  Termoluminiscence test
Exhibited:  Feriarte, IFEMA (Madrid, 16-24 November, 2019)


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Vase in the shape of a female head, with a seven-pointed radiant diadem and two long palm leaves placed at the sides of the neck. The vase is crowned by a standing female figure, with a diadem in her hair and dressed in a long, broad and enveloping mantle or hymthion. It has a long ribbon handle that extends vertically from the back of the statuette to the back of the head. This vase comes from Canosa di Puglia, an Italian town in the province of Barletta-Andria-Trani. This type of vessels were also used as funerary vessels.

From 323 B.C., with the death of Alexander the Great, the so-called Hellenistic period began in Greece, which would dominate the entire third century B.C. It is a period where theatricality predominates, so there will be a great development of art to impact. Therefore, the Hellenistic art is characterized by the search of perfect anatomies, rich qualities, dynamism and use of lights and shadows.

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