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Pottery Head

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1933A232
Collection:Antiquities - Classical Greek & Roman
Date:300 BC - 200 BC


Heads like this have been found at ancient temple sites, suggesting that they were left as gifts for the gods. They have also been found in tombs, set on top of urns containing cremated human bones.The backs of the heads were left plain, but the faces were made in moulds. In some cases the potter then altered the faces. This raises the possibility that some of the faces may have been intended as portraits of real people.

Bequeathed by Doctor Christopher Martin.

Further Information

Production Period:Etruscan


Height:260 mm
Width:175 mm
Depth:130 mm