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Hellenistic Sculpture of a Goddess - PF.2156
Origin: Central Europe
Circa: 300 BC to 100 BC
Dimensions: 6.5" (16.5cm) high x 3" (7.6cm) wide
Collection: Classical
Medium: Terracotta


Additional Information: SOLD

Location: United States
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An elegantly robed goddess, in Classical contrapposto position, is shown holding a tablet. Her identity is something of a mystery, though traditionally Nike, the goddess of victory, is depicted writing on a tablet. Molded terracotta sculptures like this were created throughout the ancient world, and offered in vast numbers as votives. What favors might the person who left this gift have been seeking? A life full of success and happiness? Are these things so very different from what we would wish for today? In the presence of this elegant fragment, we recognize the eternal elements in human nature. - (PF.2156)

 

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