Terracotta head of a woman

Period: Hellenistic

Date: 3rd–2nd century B.C.

Culture: Greek, South Italian, Tarentine

Medium: Terracotta

Dimensions: H. 10 1/2 in. (26.7 cm)

Classification: Terracottas

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1923

Accession Number: 23.160.95


Since fine, hard stone such as marble was not readily available, 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.