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2 Répertoire des terres cuites

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This chapter provides an overview of production of terracotta in the Greco-Roman period from a corpus of more than five thousand objects and highlights some recurring themes. Except the divinities, a significant part of the repertoire of terracotta depicts the characters, men and women, in different activities related to the world of holidays: the holders of shrine, statues, food products or multiple objects as well as musicians and dancers. The chapter provides an overview of a terracotta bestiary. It estimates the importance of divinity with regard to others or most fashionable themes, only from a series of museographic collections, to give a truncated vision of religious practices because the study considers neither geographical adaptations nor chronological evolutions - elements which are difficult to consider, most of the collections are comprised of pieces from the antiques market. The original text of the chapter is in French.

Keywords: chronological evolutions; geographical adaptations; Greco-Roman period; museographic collections; terracotta bestiary; terracotta's repertoire



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