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    Terracotta female head partially imitating a vase (lekythos). Many of the painted details remain, including the eyebrows and lashes, tendrils of hair around the face, alternate pink and blue petals on the diadem and a red hairnet (visible at the back of the head) tied beneath with pink ribbons. The vase was made for a tomb and has no base.


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    • 325BC-300BC
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    • Height: 35.56 centimetres
  • Bibliography

    • Terracotta D194 bibliographic details
    • CVA British Museum 7 pl. 18, 3 bibliographic details
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    Greek & Roman Antiquities

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COMPASS Title: Terracotta head shaped like a vase


COMPASS Title: Terracotta head shaped like a vase

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