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.

Date:

about 500 BC

Artist:

Etruscan; possibly Veii

About this artwork

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

Ancient and Byzantine Art, Gallery 153

Artist

Ancient Etruscan

Title

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

Origin

Veii

Date

500 BC

Medium

terracotta, pigment

Dimensions

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

Credit Line

Katherine K. Adler Memorial Fund

Reference Number

1975.342

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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