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Canosan figure

Canosan funerary figure

Terracotta, mineral based pigment

Apulia, probably Canosa

Hellenistic, 350-250 BCE

Standing female figure clad in full length chiton with the remnants of a bacchanalian wreath on her head; likely indicating she’s a maenad. Such southern Italic figures were fired before pigments had been applied making them extremely scriptable to fading/damage. This figure has a large quantity of her original polychromatic decoration intact. Black acrylic base.

Provenance: Private London collection formed in the 1970s

Similar example  on display at the Museum of Mediterranean Antiquities, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, November 2005 – April 2008.

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