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Etruscan Terracotta Votive Breast

Classical World, Etruria, ca. 4th to 1st century BCE. A hollow-molded terracotta anatomical model representing a breast with a recognizable conical body and a rough discoid base covered in orange-red slip. Terracotta breasts like this example as well as other body parts were created as votive offerings to the gods for good health, fertility, or ample beauty. The schematic holes in the verso were used to hang such body parts as breasts, arms, legs, and eyes in order to be easily viewed. Size: 2.875" W x 3.625" H (7.3 cm x 9.2 cm).

Condition: Minor nicks to base, body, and tip, with some chips and fading to applied slip, otherwise intact and very good. Nice earthen deposits and traces of pigmentation throughout.

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection

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