In the skilled hands of classical craftsmen,
terracotta sculpture achieved the stature of great
art. Combining sensitive modeling with daring
and innovative forms, artisans created works in
clay that rivaled the finest sculptures in stone
and bronze. This elegant and serene head of a
goddess epitomizes the classical ideal of beauty.
She is perhaps Demeter, goddess of fertility and
agriculture; or the Bona Dea, popular in the
Greek cities of Italy. With regal features, rounded
chin, high, clear brow, waved hair, and quiet
smile, she watches over the world of men with
calm benevolence. As befits a goddess, hers is
an ageless beauty, as appealing to our time as to
the vanished world that envisioned her.