Antefix

Italic, Etruscan
Etrusco-Roman Period


Dimensions

23.7 x 14.2 cm (9 5/16 x 5 9/16 in.); Legacy dimension: 0.237 H. 0.142 W.

Accession Number

89.13

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Architectural elements

Female bust cut off above breasts. Hair dressed high in oblique rolls over forehead; above this a braid and knot and a fillet tied in a bow. Elaborate earrings. Vestiges of yellow, pink, black, and white. Large handle at back. A large piece of the left side missing.

Provenance

June or July 1888, discovered on the banks of the Tiber, Rome, opposite the Isola Tiberna on the Trastevere side and acquired by Rodolfo Lanciani, Rome (said by Lanciani to have been found near the banks of the Tiber, on the Trastevere side, opposite the Island of Aesculapius [Isola di s. Bartolomeo]); purchased by MFA from R. Lanciani, January, 1889, for $493.92 (this figure is the total price of MFA 88.538–88.644 and 89.9–89.31)

Credit Line

Benjamin Pierce Cheney Donation