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Hellenistic Terracotta Face Mask Votive(?)

3rd century BCE

2 13/16 x 4 7/16 x 1 1/8 in. (7.2 x 11.2 x 2.9 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: T.15
Geography: Europe, Italy, Possibly Sicily
Classification: Ceremonial and Performance Artifacts
Culture/Nationality: Magna Grecian (?)

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  • terracotta - A baked or semi-fired material that is usually a mixture of clay, grog, and water; it has been used for pottery, statuettes, lamps, roof tiles, and cornices since ancient times. It may be glazed prior to firing. To produce an item, terracotta is molded or shaped, dried for several days then fired to at least 600 C. It is fireproof, lighter in weight than stone, and usually brownish red in color.

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Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
  • Masks and Masquerades Delgado Museum of Art , Feb 5, 1961 – Apr 2, 1961

  • Owner Name: Clarissa Compton Dryden, Class of 1932, MA 1935
    Role: Donor
    Place: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA
    Acquisition Method: Inheritance
    Disposal Method: Donation
    Ownership Start Date: 1925
    Ownership End Date: 1950's to 1980's
    Remarks: A relative of archaeologist, Charles Densmore Curtis (1875-1925), Dryden presented the Ella Riegel Museum with items she inherited from his collection of Greek, Roman, and Etruscan artifacts throughout the 1950s-1980s

  • Owner Name: Charles Densmore Curtis (1875-1925)
    Role: Collector
    Disposal Method: Bequest
    Ownership Start Date: Likely ca. 1900
    Ownership End Date: 1925

Bibliography List
The following Bibliography exist for this object:
  • The Isaac Delgado Museum of Art, Masks & Masquerades The Isaac Delgado Museum of Art. New Orleans, Louisiana, 1961
    Figure Number: 8 or 9

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