An Etruscan Terracotta Votive Head of A Youth, ca. 4th Century BCE
An Etruscan Terracotta Votive Head of A Youth, ca. 4th Century BCE
An Etruscan Terracotta Votive Head of A Youth, ca. 4th Century BCE
An Etruscan Terracotta Votive Head of A Youth, ca. 4th Century BCE
An Etruscan Terracotta Votive Head of A Youth, ca. 4th Century BCE

An Etruscan Terracotta Votive Head of A Youth, ca. 4th Century BCE

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Life-size depiction of a fine-featured young man in high relief over a smooth back, the fine voluminous face with full lips, thin nose, heavy-lidded gaze, defined neck muscles and short wavy hair visible under a veil.  An excellent example of the Etrusco-Roman tradition of the “Capite Velato”, the covering of the subject's head for religious worship or sacrifice.

At the traditional public rituals of ancient Rome, officiants prayed, sacrificed, offered libations, and practiced augury capite velato, "with the head covered" by a fold of the toga drawn up from the back. This covering of the head is a distinctive feature of Roman rite and the covered head is a symbol of pietas and the individual's status as a pontifex, augur, or other priest.

Condition: Intact and in very good condition overall.

Dimensions: Height: 12 1/2 inches (31.75 cm)

Provenance: Ex Collection of Professor Peter Arnovick, Ph.D. (1934 - 2015), California. Peter G. Arnovick: Professor. English,Art History (1969). B.A., M.S., University of Southern California; M.A., University of California, Los Angeles; Ph.D., Union Institute Graduate School.taught at Menlo College for 38 years.

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