Terracotta Head of Baubo

Culture: Egyptian
Period: Roman period, 1st century B.C. to 1st century A.D.
Material: Terracotta
Dimensions: 6.5 cm high; 12.4 cm high (including base)
Price: Sold
Ref: 1376
Provenance: From the inventory of the judicially dissolved Parisian gallery La Reine Margot. Listed there with the inventory number 9761B.
Condition: Of beautiful quality.
Description: Terracotta head of Baubo with a round, chubby face and piled, braided hair that forms a wreath at the top. The ears with large holes that once wore earrings made of precious metal. Baudo belongs to the cult of Isis and the syncretistic merging of Isis and Demeter. From her role in the Eleusinian mystery cult, Baubo's task results from being Demeter’s companion: after the abduction of her daughter Persephone by the underworld god Hades, Demeter mourns and is cheered up by Baubo with obscene jokes. On an old wood base.