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Female head, worked fully in the round in pinkish-buff terracotta with remnants of white slip over the surface. Her wavy hair is parted in the center and adorned by an elaborate headband (diadem) of rosettes and points. Behind the diadem, the hair is indicated by uneven parallel strands. Heavy...

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December, 1885, discovered by Don Mariano Lazzari at Cerveteri, Italy and sold, through Pietro Pennelli, to Rodolfo Lanciani (b. 1845 – d. 1929), Rome; 1888, sold by Lanciani to the MFA for $491.89 [purchase price for MFA accession nos. 88.345 – 88.530]. (Accession Date: January 1, 1888) NOTE: See Helen Nagy, "Etruscan Votive Terracottas from Cerveteri in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: A Glimpse into the History of the Collection," Etruscan Studies 11 (2008), pp. 101-119.

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Everett Fund

Italic, Etruscan, Classical or Early Hellenistic Period, about 400 B.C.


Height: 29.4 cm (11 9/16 in.)

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The Ancient World