Ancient Israeli Terra Cotta Bust of a Woman
A terracotta bust fragment from ancient Israell, most likely during the Hellenistic period (332 BCE), a time of Greek influence on the art and culture of the area. This artifact depicts a noble woman, with prominent eyes and nose. There is detail to the hair and to mouth as well. This hollow piece is affixed to a wire in back which is screwed into a lightweight black base. Although the features of this woman are worn with time, she still offers a window to a world long past.
This is a fragment worn with time. Edges are broken and jagged, but the essence of the piece remains. There are numerous black flecks throughout the terracotta surface. The base is in three layers, with an area to the side where the black has worn off (see photos).
Overall dimensions of entire ensemble (base is 2.75" square). Size of bust fragment itself is approximately 3" wide, 4" tall, and 1" deep.