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Greek Canosan Terracotta Dolphin Lot 31 Part of a live auction event on Wednesday, Jun 20

$850.00 2 Bids Sold

Seller: artemisgallerylive (36) 100%, Location: Louisville, Colorado, Ships to: Free Local Pickup, Item: 263731958648 LOT 31Seller's Estimate: USD 1,500 - 2,000 Magna Graecia, South Italy, Canosan, ca. 4th to 3rd century BCE. A skillfully modeled terracotta dolphin with a friendly visage and characteristic features including a pointy rostrum, melon, dorsal fin, pectoral fins, and blow hole - as well as a high-raised tail. The finish retains pastel hues - white (body), sky blue (tail and fins), and pink (rostrum) - favored by Canosan potters. The playful dolphin was adored by the ancient Greeks who called them philomousoi, which means music lovers, because they believed that dolphins danced when they heard harmonious music. Furthermore, Taras, the mythological founder of the Greek city Tarentum of south coast Italy, was thought to ride there on a dolphin, and the ancient city presented an image of a man riding a dolphin on its coins. Size: 8.375" L (21.3 cm) In addition, the Homeric Hymn to Dionysus tells the story of a band of pirates capturing Dionysus who magically turned them all into dolphins. What's more Herodotus tells a story about how when the poet Arion who was kidnapped by pirates, jumped overboard, and was rescued by a dolphin who carried him to shore. Canosa, or Canosion as it was known then, was a major center of the ceramics and pottery trade when it was a Greek polis. It produced truly unique pottery, completely different in decoration style (although not in shape) from earlier and neighboring traditions. The clay is buff, with the decoration applied directly to it without the use of slip. The entire body was covered with white slip, oftentimes followed by a second ground of pastel pink or blue. Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #135281 Condition Report: Tip of one pectoral fin reattached. Expected surface wear commensurate with age, but nice traces of white, sky blue, and pink pigments remain. Areas of encrustation grace the surface as well. Payment: The buyer is responsible for paying the seller directly after winning the item. Details on accepted payment methods and where to send payment are provided in an invoice from the seller. Shipping: The buyer is responsible for paying all shipping costs and arranging for shipping and delivery with the seller. Additional shipping details from the seller: Auction House will ship, at Buyer's expense For more information see terms and conditions Knowing when to bid: An event can last a few hours. To help figure out when an item will come up for auction, watch the pace of the event and keep in mind that items usually come up in lot order.Exceptional Day 1 | Antiquities, Asian, Russian, Fine Art offered by Artemis Gallery Wednesday, June 20, 2018 | 07:00AM GMT-07:00 Louisville, Colorado, USA

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