Last month we looked at a picture of a mould for clay (terra cotta) figures. This month we look at an interesting statue--interesting for several reasons.
First, the statue is quite compex, and must have been molded in several sections, with the sections then put together before firing. Statues of deities were available to fit all pocket-books. The wealthy might have a bronze or marble statue. The less wealthy could have a very complex terra cotta statue, or a simple (inexpensive) one.
Second it is Aphrodite/Venus, an unbelievably popular deity. Notice that even though she is absolutely nude, she is wearing a fancy hat, crown , or something. We see this over and over. She had to wear fancy headgear.
Third, this statue was discovered in a kiln. There must be a story behind that fact. The kiln was in Pella, the ancient capitol of Macedonia, and Macedonia was taken over by the Roman Empire in 168 BCE. The city of Pella was looted by the Roman Army. We can imagine the factory workers running for their lives, leaving behind the fine pottery and terra cotta statues that had recently been fired. The Roman soldiers were not interested in the kilns, so the objects in them rested for almost 2,000 years before some curious person found them.
Today you can see this statue in the Pella Archaeological Museum in the Greek province of Macedonia. Photo by Richard Davies. You can reproduce it under a Creative Commons license. Please no commercial use, and please give credit to the photographer.