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Etruscan Terracotta Female Veiled Half Head

3rd century BCE

maximum length
9 3/16 in. x 4 7/16 in. x 5 3/16 in. (23.4 cm x 11.3 cm x 13.1 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: T.7
Geography: Europe, Italy
Classification: Fine and Visual Arts; Sculptures; Terracottas
Culture/Nationality: Etruscan

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  • Etruscan - Culture and style of artistic production in Etruria, now modern Tuscany and part of Umbria, between the 7th and 3rd centuries BCE. Known partly from elaborate tumuli, artworks include bronze mirrors and cists, wall paintings, and terracotta and bronze sculptures that are distinct from the Greek Archaic style in their lively sense of movement and delicate decoration. Developments in architecture include the construction of mud brick and wooden temples decorated with terracotta roof tiles and statues. In some classification schemes Etruscan culture includes the Villanovan culture, which was first evident on the Italian peninsula in the ninth century BCE.
  • 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:
  • Fragmentary Excess: Text, Body, Receptacle Bryn Mawr College , Nov 3, 2017 – Dec 1, 2017

  • maximum length Dimensions: 9 3/16 x 4 7/16 x 5 3/16 in. (23.4 x 11.3 x 13.1 cm)

Bibliography List
The following Bibliography exist for this object:
  • Kyle M. Phillips, Four Terracotta Heads in the Ella Riegel Memorial Museum at Bryn Mawr. Istituto di Studi Etruschi ed Italici. Florence, Italy, 1965
    Page Number: 527-531, Figure Number: CXXVI a-b, CXXVII a
  • Marianne Hansen, ed. "Fragmentary Excess: Body, Text, Receptacle." Mirabile Dictu: The Bryn Mawr College Library Newsletter 20 (Fall 2017):

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