**Originally Listed At $1200**
Greece, Hellenistic periods ca. late 4th to 2nd century BCE. A beautiful ceramic decorative antefix, a vertical block made to cover the lower end of the tiles of a roof. On the grandest buildings, they were carved from stone; other public-facing buildings, like smaller temples and homes, they were mold-made from ceramic. This example features a large acanthus motif and a lower border of Greek keys. The Greek key/meander design has been interpreted to mean infinity and unity, perhaps based on the roll of waves on the sea. Imagine the front of a building decorated with repeated examples of this antefix, its surface brightly colored with paint! Size: 8.4" W x 7.7" H (21.3 cm x 19.6 cm)
This piece has been tested using thermoluminescence (TL) analysis and has been found to be ancient and of the period stated. A full report will accompany purchase.
Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection; ex-William Froelich collection, New York, USA, acquired in the 1970s
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Repaired from three large pieces. Loss to one corner and top as shown. Beautiful preservation of motifs with light deposits on surface.