5th century Greek doll to star in sale at Vectis Auctions

A Greek terracotta doll dating to the 5th century BC will star in a sale at Vectis Auctions in the UK, reports the Teeside Gazette.

Greek doll Vectis
The doll features articulated limbs

It's thought to originate from the city of Corinth and is expected to sell for around £300-500 ($455-759).

This estimate may seem low for such an ancient piece, but such dolls are in fact far from rare.

As doll expert Mary Hiller explained to the publication: "Very many examples of the little jointed clay dolls have been discovered, usually in the temples dedicated to Demeter and Persephone, Aphrodite and Artemus…

"This type is of a tall slim girl with hair loosely dressed in a topknot and sometimes wearing a wreath or ribbon. Such figures usually hold clappers or cymbals in their hands."

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