Greek Terracotta Antefix: Maenad
A large ancient Greek terracotta antefix with the bust of a Maenad, her unruly hair bound in a topknot.
Metapontium, Lucania, Southern Italy.
Antefixes were ornamental pottery caps that covered the open ends left by semi-cylindrical tiles at the edge of a temple roofs. They were often adorned with apotropaic images like Gorgons and Satyrs.
Formerly in the S. G. collection, New York; previously in the C. collection, Switzerland, 1960's.