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Votive (Gift) in the Shape of a Woman's Head

A work made of terracotta, pigment.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of terracotta, pigment.


about 500 BCE


Etruscan; possibly Veii

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Supplicants placed votive heads in temples to accompany requests and offerings of thanks to the gods. Artisans used molds to produce images of both men and women. On finer examples, such as this head, a pointed tool was used to refine elements of the face and hair before the object was fired in the kiln. Traces of pigment suggest that the hair was originally painted bright red. Earrings once hung from holes in the ears.


On View, Gallery 151


Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Etruscan


Votive (Gift) in the Shape of a Woman's Head


Veio (Object made in)

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500 BCE


terracotta, pigment


26.5 × 22 × 18 cm (10 1/2 × 8 1/2 × 7 1/4 in.)

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Katherine K. Adler Memorial Fund

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