Etrusco-Campanian Terracotta Dionysos Mask

Description
Etrusco-Campanian Terracotta Dionysos Mask
Etrusco-Campanian, around 480 BC

Slightly bent forward mask showing archaic almond-shaped eyes with fine eyelids, smooth beard and long mustache.
The hair is puffed up with very fine curls across the forehead, the ears are covered.
Traces of red pigment for the male skin. Fine archaic style.
For related example, cf. inv. no. 1873,0820.466 in the British Museum database.
Terracotta decorative attachments with the head of Dionysos are believed to have adorned wooden coffins. Their use evokes, particularly in Southern Italy, the strong inclusion of death symbolism in Dionysian worship.
Mounted on an acryllic stand, collector’s numeration behind.

Size: H. 4.7 cm
Material: Terracotta
Culture: Etrusco-Campanian, around 480 BC
Condition: Intact. Fine archaic style. Excellent modeling.

Provenance: Swiss private collection, acquired 1990-2000. Thence art market Zurich, March 2020 sale.
Provenance data to the buyer.

Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Offered lots legally acquired, due diligence conducted to ensure the stated provenance. Related documents seen by Catawiki.

Worldwide shipping with registered priority mail. No export permit needed to ship from Switzerland.

Import taxes for buyers in the countries of the European Union – reduced customs duties of 5% in the United Kingdom – no fees in the United States and in Switzerland.
Italia: Importazione soggetta all’IVA – sdoganamento molto lento – consegna postale lentissima.

Lot details
Culture
Etrusco-Campanian
Material
Terracotta
Object
Dionysos Mask
Century/ Timeframe
Etrusco-Campanian, around 480 BC
Condition
Intact and fine, see description
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