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Greco-Roman Anatatolia (Smyrna, Ionia?), Terracotta Woman Holding Infant, 2nd century B.C. - 1st century A.D.
Kourotrophos (Greek: "child nurturer") was an Athenian deity, the protector of children and young people, with a cult and sanctuary, the so-called Kourotropheion. Gods and goddesses, including Athena, Apollo, Hermes, Hecate, Aphrodite, and Artemis, are given the epithet Kourotrophos when depicted holding an infant. Figurines of females holding infants are also called Kourotrophos. The purpose of kourotrophic figurines is debated. Perhaps they are representations of the Athenian goddess. Perhaps they were fertility or childbirth charms. They are found in graves, so perhaps they were companions for the dead.
We were unable to find another example of this type. Attribution to Smyrna, Ionia is based on the color and texture of the clay, and on the style and workmanship.AH21487. Terracotta kourotrophos statuette of a woman holding a swaddled infant, 25cm (9 7/8") tall, mold-made, hollow and without back, Choice, complete and intact, old dealer labels on the reverse, stands on its own base, Late Hellenistic to Roman Era; $600.00 SALE |PRICE| $540.00
Greek, Terracotta Eros Figure, 4th Century B.C.
From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years. AT31187. Average, beige terracotta; full figure of nude Eros, winged, legs spread, holding fruit; 6.5 cm (2 1/2") high; unmounted; $280.00 (Ä246.40)
Egypt, Bronze Seated Figure of Harpokrates, Ptolemaic - Roman, c. 100 B.C. - 100 A.D.
Harpocrates, the god of silence, secrets and confidentiality extends his right index finger, in one of his classic poses.AS20835. Bronze figure, Choice, complete, intact, attractive green patina, c. 100 B.C. to 200 A.D.; Harpokrates seated (on a modern clear Lucite cube), 4.7 cm high, nude but for his pointed cap, right hand raised and index finger extended; $250.00 SALE |PRICE| $225.00
Roman Egyptian, Terracotta Bust of Harpocrates with Finger to Mouth, 1st - 3rd Century A.D.
From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.
Shhhhh! quiet!...In Greek mythology, Harpocrates is the god of silence. Harpocrates was very popular in Egypt during the Ptolemaic and Roman Periods, as evidenced by his numerous terracotta household idols, such as this one. AS20846. cf. BMC Terracottas IV 3043 ff., Average, even wear, Terracotta head of Harpocrates; cf. Kaufmann 28; 5.6 cm (2 1/4") high, beige terracotta, bust of Harpocrates with right hand and finger to mouth, wearing horn and sun-disk headdress; fragment broken from a larger idol, unmounted; $90.00 (Ä79.20)