University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: MS5750
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: Italy
Date Made: 300 BCE to 100 BCE
Early Date: -300
Late Date: -100
Iconography:Male Head
Height: 26.5cm
Width: 17.5cm
Depth: 10.5cm


Male terracotta votive head; Central Italy, undoubtedly from a sanctuary, votive deposit; capite velato type; large example; very fine; preserves some paint; may have been trimmed from a votive statue - bust extends lower, has been filed off, without trace of finished base. Complete and intact save for a section of mantle above top of head and a bit of mantle on lower right. Forward part of head, including neck and top od chest, only represented. Frontal pose; double curve locks above forehead. Framed by a simplified representation of a mantle drawn over head. Back plain; vent hole 0.04m in diamter. On lower edge, all around, are prominent string marks; finger marks down length of back. Hard pinkish buff clay. Possible traces of red on face. Slightly under life size.

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