Date: 3rd–2nd century B.C.
Culture: Greek, South Italian, Tarentine
Dimensions: H. 10 1/2 in. (26.7 cm)
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1923
Accession Number: 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.