PA-2786: ETRUSCAN TERRACOTTA VOTIVE HEAD. (Height: 195 x 132 mm – 7 3/4 x 5 1/8 inches) Etruria, circa 4th Century BC.
Etruscan Votive Head of a Goddess, circa 400-350 BC: Hollow molded pottery head of a youthful female wearing a hood, depicted with sensitive facial features and having a wavy hairdo. There is a portion missing from the lower right corner and some surface weathering, otherwise intact and professionally mounted on a custom black mount.
A large and very attractive example of Etruscan art!
Provenance: formerly in the Dr. Angelo Bergamo collection, NYC, purchased from Harmer Rooke Galleries, c. 1970.
The Etruscan civilization of Ancient Italy flourished in the area centered on Tuscany from about 700 BC till assimilation into the Roman Republic in the first century BC. Particularly strong in their art tradition were figurative sculpture in terracotta and cast bronze, wall-painting and metalworking .Etruscan art was strongly connected to religion; the afterlife was of major importance in Etruscan art.