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This is a statue of the deity Zeus, carrying off the young Ganymedes as his wine steward.  It is 3.6 ft. [1.1 m.] high and is made of terra cotta.  Terra cotta is an earthenware clay that was fired over low heat.  Usually is unglazed and an orange-brown color.

It dates to the Classical Period – to about 480–470 B.C.  It may have originally served as an acroterion on a temple.  “The use of such figures was a feature of Etruscan temple decoration, and this one may have been from the treasury of a Western Greek city.”

Quote from p. 174 from Camp, John, and Fisher, Elizabeth.  The World of the Ancient Greeks.  London: Thames & Hudson, 2002.  Click here to view for purchase from amazon.com.