Corinthian Terracotta Puppet

Culture: Greek/Corinthian
Period: 5th century B.C.
Material: Terracotta
Dimensions: 7.8 cm high
Price: Sold
Ref: 2310
Provenance: From the well-known French ancient art collection Louis-Gabriel Bellon (1819-1899). Last in a Swiss collection.
Condition: The polos slightly worn, white color remains. Separately worked out arms and legs missing.
Description: Body of a Greek terracotta marionette. The figure with a high cylindrical polos, fine features and long hair reaching to the shoulders. The separately worked out arms and legs, which were fixed with metal pens, are missing. Puppets such as the present one were found in graves and sanctuaries. They were possibly hung with strings as ritual dancers to hold off the demons with the clicking noise. Mounted.