May 11, 2009
May 11, 2009
May 11, 2009
May 11, 2009

Fragment of a Reclining Male Figure

Fragment of a Reclining Male Figure

450–350 BCE


Overall: 14.6 cm (5 3/4 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1951.538


Did you know?

Tarantine terracotta banqueters were made from molds, with additional handmade details.


This terracotta figure depicts a bearded man with his head tilted toward his left shoulder, suggesting that he is reclining. At Greek banquets, the attendees reclined while eating. Banquet imagery was very popular, including in the Greek colonies in Italy. This man likely originally had an elaborate headdress separately made and attached over the smooth part of the head. The clay on the figure’s right shoulder is probably the remains of “ribbons” attached to his headdress. There are traces of red pigment in the hair.

See also
GR - Greek
Greek and Roman Art
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