Head of a Man

c. 1800
Overall: 7 x 4 x 4.2 cm (2 3/4 x 1 9/16 x 1 5/8 in.)
Location: not on view
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Each of these miniscule terracotta busts has allegedly been formed by hand, though the precision of the detailed features implies that they have been cast from a mold. Details such as the meticulously executed facial features and the thin, exact rows of hair on each figure suggest a manufactured method of creation. Furthermore, these figures lack any trace of fingerprints that handmade figures of this time typically bear. Small holes at the base of each bust suggest that the heads were once attached to bodies that may have been used as crèche figurines. The busts were created in Naples where large numbers of nativity scenes were produced around the turn of the nineteenth century. The similarity in size to archetypal terracotta crèche figurines as well as the vast production of nativities in Naples at this time suggest that these busts were created for a nativity scene.
Head of a Man

Head of a Man

c. 1800

Italy, Naples(?), early 19th Century

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