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The Tanagras Collection at Bancaja

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One of the world’s most important collections of terracotta figures is currently on display in Valencia’s Bancaja Cultural Center (location).


The Titeux Dancer, c. 375-350 BC

The Tanagras figures take their name from the region of Greece in which they were discovered, in the 1870s. The figures date from the 4th to 1st century BC, and are realistic depictions of the people of the age, right down to their dress.

The collection is normally held in the Louvre, but is on tour in Valencia until July 7th. It’s their first appearance ever in Spain, and more than 200 newly restored pieces are on display for free. A full descripton of the figures and their discovery (in Spanish) can be found at Bancaja.es.

April 14, 2010 at 6:47 am
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