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Antefix with a Maenad Head

Antefix with a Maenad Head

Bas–relief Sylenus head, This terracotta is taken from an antefix excavated at Veio, an Etrurian city near the Tiber.Today, the original piece, which dates back to 525-500 b.C., is preserved in Rome, Museo di Villa Giulia.
Manufacturer: : Museum Pompeii
Product SKU: Antefissa_Menade

Reproduction of object of Etruscan art, this terracotta is taken from an antefix excavated at Veio, an Etrurian city near the Tiber. Today, the original piece, which dates back to 525-500 b.C., is preserved in Rome, Museo di Villa Giulia.

- Material: terracotta sculpture
- Height: approx. 25 cm. 9.8 inches
- Length: approx. 30 cm. 11.8 inches
- Features: excellent resistance to all weather conditions: sun, rain, wind, frost, ice and durability in time.

The product of terracotta, reproduction of object of Etruscan art.
The product of terracotta, reproduction is made, following with great care and attention the traditional techniques, diffused in Roman times and abandoned with time.

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Entirely handmade terracottas, we follow the Ancient Greek and Etruscan techniques: Every piece is therefore unique.


An antefix (from Latin antefigere, to fasten before) is a vertical block which terminates the covering tiles of the roof of a tiled roof. In grand buildings the face of each stone ante-fix was richly carved, often with the anthemion ornament. In less grand buildings moulded ceramic ante-fixae, usually terracotta, might be decorated with figures or other ornament, especially in the Roman period. By this time they were found on many large buildings, including private houses.

In Greek mythology, maenads (/?mi?nædz/; Greek: ???????? mainádes) were the female followers of Dionysus (Bacchus in the Roman pantheon), and the most significant members of the Thiasus, the god's retinue. Their name literally translates as "raving ones." Often the maenads were portrayed as inspired by Dionysus into a state of ecstatic frenzy, through a combination of dancing and intoxication. During these rites, the maenads would dress in fawn skins and carry a thyrsus, a long stick wrapped in ivy or vine leaves and tipped with a pinecone. They would weave ivy-wreaths around their heads or wear a bull helmet in honor of their god, and often handle or wear snakes


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