Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History



  • Head of a woman, 3rd–2nd century b.c.
    Greek, South Italian, Tarentine
    Terracotta; H. 10 1/2 in. (26.7 cm)
    Rogers Fund, 1923 (23.160.95)

    Since fine, hard stone such as marble was not readily available in southern Italy, Tarentine artists used terracotta for large-scale figures of high quality. The work to which this extraordinary head originally belonged may have been associated with a goddess, perhaps Aphrodite. Among the thousands of clay vases and figures found at Tarentum, subjects pertaining to the life of women, and specifically marriage, are prevalent.

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  • Head of a woman, 3rd–2nd century B.C.
    Greek, South Italian, Tarentine
    Terracotta; H. 10 1/2 in. (26.7 cm)
    Rogers Fund, 1923 (23.160.95)


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