CYRENAICA TERRACOTTAS

female with polos

 

Cyrenaica Terracottas
is an interactive web site designed for archaeologists, art historians, historians, and classicists who have an interest in the typological diffusion of Greek terracottas at ancient sites in Cyrenaica, Libya, as well as elsewhere around the Greek world.

 

 

 

Updated December 4, 2014

 

 

Ensemble of terracotta figurines

This project focuses on the digital presentation of the Greek votive terracottas brought to light at the Extramural Sanctuary of Demeter and Persephone in the Wadi Bel Gadir at Cyrene, Libya, by the University Museum of the University of Pennsylvania from 1969 to 1979 (see above). This has lead to the inclusion of other corpora of terracottas, including those from Cyrene's Artemision and the sanctuary of the Chthonic Nymphs, as well as from the site of Apollonia.

While terracotta figurines have been found at Cyrene's Artemision, theater, agora, so-called Temple of the Divinity of Fecundity, Temple of Demeter, Sanctuary of the Chthonic Nymphs, and in tombs from Cyrene's necropoleis, those from the Extramural Sanctuary of Demeter and Persephone represent the largest extant corpus of figurines found to date anywhere in Cyrenaica. They complement the figurines discovered outside of Cyrene, at Tocra, Apollonia, Benghazi, Eusperides, El Gubba, and Budrasc, but far exceed these in number.

A note on the photography.
All the images for the terracottas from the Extramural Sanctuary of Demeter and Persephone at Cyrene
have been scanned from the original black and white negatives that were made during the course of the 1969 to 1979 campaigns. No subsequent photographic documentation has been possible.

 

ensemble of terracottas

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