Etruscan Terracotta Votive Head of a Woman

Culture: Etruscan
Period: 3rd century B.C.
Material: Terracotta
Dimensions: 29.8 cm high
Price: 4 000 Euro
Ref: 4153
Provenance: European private collection prior to 1970. Last on the Austrian art market.
Condition: A small missing part on the left cascading curl, as well as small ancient chip on the base.
Description: Large, moulded Etruscan votive head of a woman. The sculptural face with numerous fine details. The large eyes with drawn iris and punched pupils. The nose prominent and straight. The mouth with thick lips is softly open. Its slightly tilted position gives the face a particularly lively appearance. The woman wears long, tapering earrings. Very noticeable is – compared to other votive heads from this period – the quite messy, long hair. Parted in the middle, it cascades on the sides behind the ears along the head. Left and right one long strand, which reaches to the shoulder. The veil is pulled over her hair (“Capite Velato”). On the back a venting hole.