ostracon ancient art



Etrusco-Campanian Dionysos Mask Fitting, 500-475 BC

The head of Dionysos with almond-shaped eyes, a strong nose and a small mouth with pursed lips.

The broad beard with fine wavy strands. Undulated, slender moustache. The hairdo with strands of hair that end in curls, without the hair band above. Traces of red pigment on the forehead and the beard.

Fine archaic style, excellent modeling. Mounted on an acrylic stand.

For a related example, cf. fig. no. C388, Staatliche Antikensammlung Munich.

Terracotta decorative attachments with the head of Dionysos evoke, particularly in Southern Italy, the strong inclusion of death symbolism in Dionysian worship.

Chip out of the hairdo, bridge of the nose mended, otherwise intact. Some surface wear.

H. 5.4 cm (2.1 in), B. 3.4 cm (1.3 in)

Ex collection of Wladimir Rosenbaum (1894-1984), former owner of Galleria Serodine, Ascona.

580 USD

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