Female bust
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Female bust

Cerveteri, Vignali area
3rd cent. BC.
Terracotta
height cm 34.7
cat. 14107

The bust does not form part of any regular production and does not find precise comparisons. Some particulars, such as the sunken face and the protruding cheekbones, appear to be such special physiognomic elements as to denote a precise attempt to portray a woman who is no longer young. The ring earrings with lion head protomes, reproducing examples in gold common in the Etruscan area and in Magna Grecia, and the soft hair inspired by the portraits of Alexander the Great advice the proposed dating.