Etruscan votive terracotta faceM121
A moulded pottery votive offering in the form of the upper part of a face.
Votive offerings depicting various body parts were made in large numbers and deposited in Etruscan tombs and sanctuaries, it is thought that some may have held a medical significance such as giving thanks or hoping for a cure to an ailment.
Italy, Etruscan, 4th or 3rd Century BC
8 x 8.8 cms, 14.9 cms with stand
Ex. private collection, Perpignan, France; acquired 1970’s-1980’s. Mounted on a perspex display stand.
A c. 1980’s label under the base: “Masque Ex Voto Etrurie IIIe IVe av JC”