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Figurines de terre cuite en Méditerranée grecque et romaine

Arthur Muller
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3.2. Asie mineure

Terracotta Figurines from Labraunda (Caria). A Brief Note

Note sur les figurines en terre cuite de Labraunda (Carie)

Lars Karlsson

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The Sanctuary of Zeus Labraundos with the Double Axe at Labraunda in Caria was excavated by Swedish archaeologists between 1948 and 1960. Excavations were resumed in 2003 and are now continued on a yearly basis. New studies on old material have been initiated, including the terracottas. This is only a first presentation of a few of the pieces.

The terracottas discovered in the early excavations number about 80. Most of them are small fragments of female heads, drapery, or human limbs. A selection of 25 pieces was shown in Izmir. These included 3 fragments of hydrophoroi (figs. 1a-c), fitting for a sanctuary founded at an unusually rich spring located at the top of a mountain where heavy thunderstorms and lightning hit the naked rocks. The hydrophoroi are always carrying a hydria on their heads, supported by the right hand. Similar hydrophoroi are known from Iasos, Kos, Lindos, and Corinth.1 The hydrophoroi are mostly dated in the 5th and 4th centuries BC, and this is also the period ...


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