Fragmentary antefix with a female head - ROM2004_1223_2


Fragmentary antefix with a female head

Medium:Slip painted earthenware (terracotta)
Geography: Probably from Caere (modern Cerveteri) Italy.
Date: about 540-530 BC
Period: Etruscan
19 x 17.8 x 17.6 cm
Object number: 2004.153.1
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. David B. Greenspan, Q.C.; Certified by the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board under the terms of the Cultural Property Export and Import Act. Attestée par la Commission canadienne d'examen des exportations de biens culturels en vertu de la Loi sur l'exportation et l'importation de biens culturels.
On view
Gallery Location:Eaton Gallery of Rome - Bratty Exhibit of Etruria
DescriptionEtruscans lavishly embellished their temples with terracotta ornaments. One example of the tradition is this very fine antefix: its purpose was to mask the openings of the end tiles along the edges or eaves of a roof. Exceptionally well- preserved and depicting a frontal female head, it likely came from a temple in the city of Caere. The art there was steeped in Greek influence from Ionia.
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