Boeotian Terracotta Figure of a Seated Goddess

Culture: Greek/Boeotian
Period: Mid 6th century B.C.
Material: Terracotta
Dimensions: 15.2 cm high
Price: Sold
Ref: 2221
Provenance: From the famous Swiss antiquities collection of Hans Erlenmeyer (1900-1967). Sotheby’s London, 9 July 1990, lot 47. Thence Italian private collection. Pandolfini auction, 27 October 2009, lot 242. With Italian export papers!
Condition: Intact except for some insignificant flakings.
Description: Handmade, stylized figure of a sitting goddess with a bird-like face and a polos pulled to the back and merging to a high volute in the front. The eyes are circular, the nasal wings painted as dots. From the flat, board-shaped body two stump arms are emerging sideways. The goddess, possibly Demeter or her daughter Persephone, sits on a four-leg, rectangular throne. She wears a very abundantly decorated dress with wonderfully preserved, geometrical ornament in red and black colors.