Greek Terracotta Head of a Maenad
An ancient Greek terracotta head of a Maenad wearing a diadem over a tiered coiffure of tight curls.
Lokri, southern Italy.
Maenads (also Bacchantes) were the frenzied female members of the retinue of Dionysus, the Greek god of wine and revelry (Roman: Bacchus). Maenads, literally "the raving ones," were often depicted in Greek art as wild and ecstatic women who indulged in sex, violence, and intoxication.
cf. for similar: P. Bol, Bildwerke aus Terrakotta aus Mykenischer bis Romischer Zeit, (1986), pp. 64-65, no. 34; E. Berger, Antike Kunstwerke aus der Sammlung Ludwig, vol II, pp. 149-153, nos. 188-194.
Formerly in the S. G. collection, New York.