An Etruscan terracotta 'temple boy'

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Lot 29* W
An Etruscan terracotta 'temple boy'

Sold for £ 6,250 (US$ 7,658) inc. premium

Antiquities

25 Apr 2012, 11:00 BST

London, New Bond Street

An Etruscan terracotta 'temple boy'
Circa 3rd-2nd Century B.C.
Depicted seated facing to the front, wearing a short tunic, the folds gathering in a 'v' below his neck, his left hand resting on his left leg crossed in front of him, his right hand on the knee of his bent right leg, set on an integral platform, 15¾in (40cm) high, mounted

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Arthur M. Sackler Collection, (1913-1987), collected 1970s and earlier.

    Accompanied by a thermoluminescence test from Oxford Authentication.

    Literature:
    These seated terracotta figures are more common in Cyprus, the majority depicting very young boys shown nude or wearing a short tunic and wearing necklaces with a bulla across the chest. These children are generally known as 'temple boys' but their purpose is unknown. There is an Etruscan example made of peperino in the British Museum, inv. 1838,0608.16 (Sculpture D107).
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