AN APULIAN TERRACOTTA LEKYTHOS FIGURE
Catalog:Pottery:Greek: stock #670293
c. 350-250 B.C.
In the form of a female head wearing foliate headdress and disc earrings, two leaves either side of her neck, surmounted by a draped female figure, a tall strap handle emerging from her back. Many of the painted details remain, including the eyebrows and lashes, tendrils of hair around the face. Made in Canosa, Apulia (modern Puglia).
Made to mimic a lekythos vessel, this terracotta head of a fashionable lady from southern Italy would have been made as part of a set of vases to be placed inside a tomb. A similar example can be found in The British Museum, London.
14.5 inches (37 cms) high.
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Canosa, modern Canosa di Puglia, was one of the most important cities in ancient Apulia. Apulia, covering the region of the 'heel' of Italy, was the closest part of Italy to Greece, but despite Greek influence, local culture was strongly maintained from the Bronze Age through to Roman times. The wealth of some of the population is reflected in the hypogea, vast underground chamber-tombs in which most of the surviving local pottery has been found.