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Greek, Southern Italian
2nd century B.C., 3rd century B.C.
ca. 14 x 14 cm
Complete but reglued. Rests of polychromy.
Modeled from a small terracotta plaque, this figurine belongs to a large group of statuettes known as “pappadès”, because of their polos (a high cylindrical hat) that makes them look like Orthodox priests.
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