BOEOTIAN TERRACOTTA PROTOME
Measurements: 15 cm − height, 8.5 cm − width
Description: A Boeotian terracotta protome of a female figure, her hair dressed in curls beneath a stephane. She is wearing a peplos. These figures were dedicated in sanctuaries, such as those excavated at the Sanctuary of Demeter and Kore on Acrocorinth, and also placed in tombs, with some of them pierced at the top to permit suspension. This type is sometimes interpreted as Persephone as a bride, wearing the marriage veil, although the suggestion of fertility is appropriate to Demeter or Aphrodite as well.
The protome is a representation of a head with the neck and all or part of the shoulders present, backless but with sides to help it stand upright. This particular protome is of the backless Classical type.
Provenance: Ex collection of Prof. Robert McElderry (1869-1949) acquired in Greece in the 1930s. Ex. private UK collection acquired from the above.
Reference: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Merker, G. S., 2000, The Sanctuary of Demeter and Kore: Terracotta Figurines of the Classical, Hellenistic, and Roman Periods, pp. 73-78.
Karageorghis, V., Merker, G. S., & Mertens, J. R., 2004, The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art: Terracottas, p. 139, cat. nos. 237-238.
Period: 5th century BC
Condition: Fine, restored, with earthy encrustations over the whole. Restoration to the neck (visible crack on both sides with traces of gluing), to the right side (crack only visible on the back), to the left side (repair cracks visible on both sides).