Seller: carmel-by-the-sea (181) 100%, Location: Gambrills, Maryland, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 171931657921 Details: c. 6th-5th century B.C. - Archaic Seated Goddess on Throne Greek origin. Constructed of terracotta. Hollow. Condition: In tact, in good condition. Approx dimensions: 5” H, 2.75” D, 2.25” W Previously on display at a museum in Israel. Part of my personal collection originally acquired in Israel in the 1970s. I've seen these listed for sale at around $15,000. This one could certainly be worth that price, but I'm not that greedy. The price is fair for such a stunning piece. "Small figurines were made to be presented as votive gifts to a deity. It is not always clear whether they represent a god, a priest or priestess, or a person offering a gift. These rigid figures seated on thrones and wearing elaborate headdresses are probably goddesses. Hundreds of such statues were buried in trenches on the Akropolis after the Persians looted and burned Athens in 480 B.C., and it has been suggested that they represent an early cult statue of Athena." - Met Museum This is similar to examples on display in major museums around the world, to include the Metropolitan Museum in New York City: http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/255697?rpp=90&pg=4&ao=on&ft=throne&pos=294 -- Number one question I receive is about its authenticity: With all of my artifacts, I guarantee authenticity. I'm a European/Eurasian historian with quite a bit of knowledge of antiquities. The ONLY reason I'm selling these are to thin my collection. I have duplicates of some; when I sell one, I buy a different one. I will gladly accept them back if you are in any way unsatisfied. Certificate of Authenticity? COAs are for sports memorabilia. I've never purchased an antiquity with a COA. I have some with authentication paperwork by universities and museums or general museum paperwork. Anything less isn't worth the paper it is printed on, and I would venture to guess is not real. Anyone can write a COA. If in doubt, bring the piece to a museum or to a university and have a knowledgeable person look at it. They'll do it as a courtesy but if you want paperwork, many places don't do it... and when they do, they charge a few hundred dollars per piece (really for the time dealing with photography and writing the paperwork). With just a little knowledge, it's very easy to spot the fakes and reproductions. Finally, just because it is/was displayed in a museum, doesn't mean it is real. Museums regularly commission replicas to supplement their displays and collections. They usually indicate that it is a replica in the display.