Small Romano-Egyptian Faience Omphale Figure. EXTREMELY RARE
C. 100 BC–300 AD
A very interesting blue and yellow faience Omphale or Baubo figure, portraying a nude woman with legs raised, exposing her genitals. In Greek mythology, Omphale was a figure whose liaison with Herakles gave her power over the womb as well as the travails of childbirth, and over rebirth after death. The reverse has been pierced for suspension.
Although slightly damaged it has good strong colour with good detail and is an extremely rare piece.
Ref: The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Accession Number: 15.43.329
Provenance: Ex H. N. Collection, Milton Keynes, collected in 1980’s – 1990’s.
Size: 10mm x 14mm