Etruscan Maenad head antefix, terracotta decoration handmade in Italy with clay from Impruneta, according to the Tuscan tradition.
Classic subject matter and antique material meet ancient inspirations in an object with refined and timeless taste.
An antefix is a decorative terracotta element placed on the roof covering of roofs at the end of the tile series. Some, perforated, served as rainwater drainage, while others blocked the row of tiles placed behind them. Each sculpture depicted auspicious or protective symbolism.
In the center of the antefix is a head of a Maenad, a figure closely associated with the god Dionysus and widely used in the decoration of architectural elements in Etruria and in the Greek and Roman ways. The use of covering temples with terra-cotta is very ancient, of Eastern origin, probably Assyrian; but the giving of these coverings architectural form is Greek. L‘antefix takes on, because of the extensive use of terracotta, a very special importance, in Italy, and particularly in the Etruscan-Italic temple, becoming a key decorative architectural element.
La Terracotta consists of a clay mixture that is fired at a temperature of 980-990° C. The typical reddish color is due to the conspicuous presence of iron substances. Resistant to frost, heat, thermal changes and brackish, over time it becomes almost a unique element with the surrounding natural environment. In fact, it is not uncommon for lichens and moss to settle on the surface, creating different textures and designs, which will make each object a unique, exclusive and personal piece.
These characteristics make terracotta ideal for decorating and furnishing outdoor environments. Its use in interiors has traditionally been associated with a rustic, retro flavor, but it is making a comeback in innovative and designer designs.
Prestigious names in contemporary architecture and art are rediscovering the value, even symbolic, of an ancient material that brings together water and earth, sustainability and the desire for innovation. Thanks to the rediscovery of all natural materials, which respect the environment and enhance it, modern design revisits traditional elements and gives new life to terracotta, in the architectural, landscape and artistic fields.