GREEK POLCROMY TERRACOTTA HEAD OF A GODDESS
4th - 3rd century BC
height cm 28
Depiction of a Goddess with high polos, probably Persephone, with the lips slightly open and the contour of the eyes is marked by very deep recesses making the gaze penetrating. The most singular feature from the technical point of view is the rendering of the thick hair, shaped by hand and finished with a splint. Modeled by hand and hollowed out internally, the entire surface is covered with a consistent layer of clayey engobe, as the basis of the precious polychrome coating that is still extraordinarily preserved today. Integrative restorations on polos, on hair and on nape. Provenance: Private collection, London; acquired on the European art market in the 1990s.