Mold for a Male Head

Mold for a Male Head

AD 1-300

Terracotta

Overall: 9.9 x 6.4 x 4.8 cm (3 7/8 x 2 1/2 x 1 7/8 in.)

Gift of Mrs. John Huntington 1920.172

Did you know?

Because this is a mold, its facial features would be reversed in the final product.

Description

Now cracked and fragmentary, this terracotta mold would have been used to produce a male head, also of terracotta. Modern impressions, whether made physically (with clay or other material) or digitally, can approximate the appearance of ancient objects made with this mold, albeit without added pigment. Separate molds may have been used to create a back for the head, and perhaps a body as well.

See also
Collection: 
GR - Roman
Department: 
Greek and Roman Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture
Medium: 
Terracotta

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