Catalogue of the Terracottas in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities: British Museum

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order of the Trustees, 1903 - Terra-cotta - 469 pages

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Page xxv - Eiusdem opere terrae fingere ex argilla similitudines Butades Sicyonius figulus primus invenit Corinthi filiae opera, quae capta amore iuvenis, abeunte illo peregre, umbram ex facie eius ad lucernam in pariete liniis circumscripsit, quibus pater eius inpressa argilla typum fecit et cum ceteris fictilibus induratum igni proposuit; eumque servatum in Nymphaeo, donec Mummius Corinthum everterit, tradunt.
Page 183 - The style of these figures is archaic, the treatment throughout very naturalistic, in which a curious striving after truth in anatomical details gives animation to the group, in spite of extreme ungainliness of form, and ungraceful composition.
Page xiii - ... were mostly discovered at the bottom of a dry well, and must evidently have been placed there for security. Nollekens, who bought them for a mere trifle, sold them upon his arrival in England to Mr. Townley, and, together with that gentleman's marbles, they have been purchased by government, and are now let into the walls of the first room of the gallery of the British Museum.
Page 424 - No. 22, fig. 23. Revetment plaques. II: 14 — Part of panel, with Amazon fallen to right in high relief, wrapped in a garment reaching to the thighs; on her back is visible the foot of her victorious adversary; beneath is seen part of her shield, which has a broad rim. The whole is coloured red except the rim of the shield, which is white; below is a plinth. Badly damaged, head of Amazon obliterated. Height 15.5 cm., length 20 cm. London, British Museum: Walters, CT, p. 424, D.
Page 426 - Ie, p. 90, No. 35. II: 11 — Fragment of antefix. Torso of woman facing the front, wearing long chiton and himation over left shoulder; her left arm, broken off at the elbow, was raised. In front of her right shoulder is the bent left arm of a man, with part of a panther's skin hanging over the shoulder. Traces of red colour, and of broken strut at back. Dim. 15 X 14.5 cm. London, British Museum: Walters, CT, p. 426, D 754; Woodward, ic, p.
Page 426 - Woodward. ic, p. 100, No. 117. II: 15 — Part of plaque showing an Amazon fallen to left in low relief, struggling with an adversary whose left hand grasps her hair; with her left hand she seizes his left wrist, endeavouring to free herself; her right hand is extended towards him. She has wild disordered hair, and a chlamys floats from her shoulders; her adversary holds a shield with fluted edge, his wrist passing through a strap.
Page 424 - Woodward, ic, p. 87, No. 12. II: 2 — Fragmentary antefixes representing a silen's mask crowned by a broad headband and by a large ivy-wreath forming a sort of canopy over the head; on either side of the face are clusters of ivy-berries, with a large rosette below. The mouth is open; the beard falls in straggling locks. Traces of red colour throughout (D 729), or of black (D 730).
Page xx - Volsinios expugnatos obiceret. mirumque mihi videtur, cum statuarum origo tam vetus Italiae sit, lignea potius aut fictilia deorum simulacra in delubris dicata usque ad devictam Asiam, unde luxuria.
Page 423 - ... century BC The clay is finely levigated, with little foreign matter except small lumps of brownish pozzolana. The surface is smooth and often covered with a thick chalky-white slip like pipe-clay. The colours were apparently not baked, since most of them have faded or vanished. Antefixes. III: 1 — Antefix with relief of head of Medusa of transitional type; flat nose and staring eyes, protruding tongue, and thick flowing hair brushed back from the face; the pupils of the eyes are hollowed out....
Page 174 - Antefix, with relief of Satyr and Maenad. The Satyr moves to r, his face and body to the front ; his r. hand is placed on his hip, and grasps a serpent ; he looks forward with l.

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