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854, Rome, Cispius

  • Record number: 854
  • Site: Rome
  • Building or zone: Cispius
  • Position: Eaves
  • Roof element: Antefixes, heads
  • Comparanda: Satricum (Knoop 1981, p. 318)
  • Remarks: Very large bearded head with snail curls across forehead, wearing wreath of ivy-leaves & berry clusters. Cream skin, with black hair, eyebrows, lids, pupil outline & central dot, upper square on base; red-purple pupil, moustache, bottom line & square on base; orange oval area on beard below lips, berry cluster at left side of head; light brown inside of ear, lips, Cream wavy vertical lines on beard which has moulded horizontal wavy ridges. Cream tendrils on forehead & ear edge. Back slightly concave with contour edge. Square strut on back.
  • Bibliography: Helbig4 II, pp. 597-598, no. 1831; Andrén 1940, p. 345, No. I:3, Pl. 107:383; Gjerstad 1966, p. 458, fig. 130.1-2; Di Mino 1982, Pl. 16.1; La grande Roma 1990, p. 254, 10.1.4, Pl. XXVIII; Mura Sommella 2010a, p. 93, fig. 12
  • Publication record: Architectural terracottas from Etrusco-Italic Temples
    Early Rome IV.1: Synthesis of archaeological evidence
    Esquilino e Campidoglio: elementi della decorazione architettonica nella Roma dei Tarquini
    Führer durch die öffentlichen Sammlungen klassischer Altertümer in Rome, Bd. 1-4. 4., völlig neu bearb. Aufl. Hrsg. Von H. Speier
    La grande Roma dei Tarquini
    Note sulla decorazione coroplastica a Roma dal VI al IV secolo a.C.
  • Type of decoration: Silen head
  • Current Collection: Antiquarium Comunale: 3374
  • Mouldmade: yes
  • Height: 33.1
  • Width: 25.1
  • Clay: 5YR 5/6
  • Paint: Cream slip 10YR 7/3, red-purple 2.5YR 3/4-10R 4/3, orange 2.5YR 4/6, brown 7.5YR 5/4, black
  • Condition: Breaks along left side
  • Height head: 24.8
  • Distance outer eyes: 11.3
  • Width nose bottom: 5.9
  • Width mouth: 5
  • Height antefix base: 4
  • Height strut: 4.3
  • Width strut: 3.1
  • Depth strut: 6.3
  • Inner H cover tile: 6
  • Outer H cover tile: 7.5
  • Inner W cover tile: 11
  • Outer W cover tile: 16.4
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