Height: 31.000 cm
GR 1874.3-5.71 (Terracotta 874)
Room 19: Greece: Athens
Terracotta protome of Dionysos
Greek, about 350 BC
From Tanagra, Boeotia, Greece
Dionysos with a cock and an egg
This type of bust, called a protome, was made by pressing a thin layer of terracotta into a single mould. The earliest known examples were made in the Greek East, especially on the island of Rhodes, but from the early fifth century BC onwards they were also made at Tanagra and elsewhere in mainland Greece. The colours on this example are very striking and exceptionally well-preserved.