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.
- Ancient Etruscan
- Votive (Gift) in the Shape of a Woman's Head
- 500 BC
- terracotta, pigment
- 26.5 × 22 × 18 cm (10 1/2 × 8 1/2 × 7 1/4 in.)
- Katherine K. Adler Memorial Fund