Lifesize Etruscan Terracotta Head of a Boy

Culture: Etruscan
Period: 5th-4th century B.C.
Material: Terracotta
Dimensions: 23.3 cm high
Price: Sold
Ref: 4176
Provenance: English private collection, acquired in the 1980s from La Reine Margot in Paris.
Condition: Intact
Description: Lifesize terracotta head of a boy with late archaic features. The face is finely modelled, with large, almond-shaped eyes, vigilantly looking out from thick lids. The nose is prominent and straight, and merges into the arched eyebrows. The mouth with a heart-shaped upper- and bulging lower lip is slightly open and revealing a smile. The short hair is carved with fine strands and whirls. The head comes from a votive statue. With very beautifully preserved color remains. See for the type a head, possibly from the same Etruscan workshop, with Sotheby’s New York on 12 June 2001, lot 81. Mounted.