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A Bell-shaped Idol
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A Bell-shaped Idol

CHF 1.390,-
$ 1.579£ 1.250€ 1.442

Terracotta
Daunia, South Italy, 4th century BC
H. 12 cm

A charming Daunian polychrome doll, a so called “bell-idol”. The figure is freely formed in a coil and pinch technique, showing a male figure with a bell-shaped lower body. The upper body and neck are shaped like a column, with the neck merging directly into the face, the features of which are not strongly defined (yet cheery in aspect), and topped with a headdress. An attached phallos leaves not doubt as to the figure’s gender.

These so-called dolls are quite rare were likely used as toys or talismans; some have been found in tombs, suggesting that they may have held symbolic or spiritual significance as well.

Condition: Small surface losses to the rear; Surface worn and sintered.

Provenance: Formerly priv. coll. Mrs. R. K., Basel, Switzerland



Item reference: CL0314