Artist unknown / Votive Portrait Head of a Young Woman / 400 B.C. - 350 B.C.Artist unknown
Votive Portrait Head of a Young Woman
400 B.C. - 350 B.C.

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Creator Name: Unknown
Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Apulian
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Name-CRT: Artist unknown
Title: Votive Portrait Head of a Young Woman
View: front
Creation Start Date: -40
Creation End Date: -35
Creation Date: 400 B.C. - 350 B.C.
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: terracotta
Dimensions: H.10-1/2 x W.7 x D.8 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 74.46
Credit Line: The John R. Van Derlip Fund

The term votive refers to sculpture or other images or offerings donated by an individual for a public place, especially in gratitude for deliverance from distress.

Votive sculpture sometimes served as a stand-in for the donor, taking the place of the real person at a temple or shrine. However, Greek sculptors in the fifth and fourth centuries B.C. greatly enhanced the actual appearance of prominent people in their sculptures by avoiding signs of aging and emotion. Such marks were restricted to socially less acceptable figures like satyrs, slaves, or enemies. Portraits were not real likenesses, but rather ideal social stereotypes transmitted by the sculptor.

AMICA ID: MIA_.74.46
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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