Terracotta mould-made protome of a woman. Terracotta figure fragment of large figure. White coating preserved in patches. Soft, fine red-brown fabric with a grey core, rare silver mica inclusions and a soapy texture.
- Production date
Height: 2.80 centimetres
Thickness: 1.60 centimetres
Width: 3.30 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- East Greek protome bust (also known as a ‘shoulder-bust’) of a Classical Greek type (broadly 480BC-400BC, possibly extending as late as 330BC). The fabric and style is similar to that of figurines of an East Greek origin, particularly those from Rhodes. Parallels from Lindos, Rhodes, dated 525BC to 400BC (Blinkenberg 1931, 591, Type B2, pl.147-8) and in the British Museum from Rhodes, dated late 5th century BC (Higgins 1954, no. 295, GR1885, 1213.41). Similar pieces, not from the same mould, were found at Olynthus dated to the 5th century BC (Robinson 1952, pl.12, no.19; pl. 36, no.83; pl.38, nos 98 and 100). For context, function and details on protome parallels and fragments from Naukratis see protome records from Cambridge Museum of Classical Archaeology (NA350, NA355, NA354, NA353, NA390, NA850, NA426, NA803 and NA509).
Blinkenberg, C. 1931. Lindos. Fouilles de l’Acropole 1902-1914, I. Les petits objets, Berlin.
Robinson, D. M. 1952. Olynthus XIV. Terracottas, lamps, and coins found in 1934 and 1938. Johns Hopkins University studies in archaeology. Baltimore, Johns Hopkins Press; London, Oxford University Press.
- Not on display
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: AN1896-1908-E.4671.8 (Accession Number)