Greece, early Hellenistic Period, ca. 3rd century BCE. A lovely, hollow-molded pottery figure depicting an elegant woman standing atop an integral rectangular plinth. She stands with her left leg extended and her right leg bent, with a large himation flowing across her slender body. She wears an elaborate beaded necklace above her bosom and a tight, bead-adorned choker around her neck. Her face is defined by almond eyes, a slender nose, thin lips, and nicely-contoured cheeks, all framed with centrally-parted bangs beneath a large veil. A beautiful example of fine Hellenistic artistry! Size: 2.625" W x 8.5" H (6.7 cm x 21.6 cm).
Provenance: private Davis collection, Houston, Texas, USA; ex-Bonhams, London, Knightsbridge Antiquities Auction (May 8, 2013, part of lot 154); ex-Joseph Klein collection, New York, USA, formed between 1941 and 1980, thence by descent
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Minor nicks to base, body, and head, with fading to some finer features, and light encrustations within interior, otherwise intact and very good. Light manganese blooms in scattered areas, and nice earthen deposits throughout. Old inventory number written in black ink near base.