Greek Terracotta Antefix: Pan
A large ancient Greek terracotta antefix with the head of Pan in relief. The god is depicted with wind-blown hair, high eye brows, pointed ears, and horns.
Tarentum, 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.
cf. for a similar example: Antike Kunstwerke aus der Sammlung Ludwig, Vol. II, (Basel, 1982), no. 180; R. A. HIggins, British Museum Terracottas I, (1954), pl. 191.
Formerly in an American private collection, acquired from Heidi Vollmoeller, Zurich in 1970.