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Sven Kielau (Roemer- und Pelizaeus-Museum Hildesheim), Production and distribution of terracottas in Western Asia Minor: demand and supply in Hellenistic times

In Hellenistic times, Pergamon was - probably - one of the centers of a diversified terracotta figurine production. This can at least be supposed, according to the many terracotta findings in several excavations in Pergamon and its region. The output was notably diversified, both in themes and types. Comparisons to the sepulchral figurines found in Myrina and the many so-called grotesques found in Smyrna reveal differences as well as similarities: The style is in a pan-hellenic way more or less related, but some themes are significantly restricted to the intended use (sirenes and nikes for sepulchral use, more elaborated art pieces presumably in houses). The paper aims to examine and outline what can be said about the regional Terracotta production, the demand for such products and the distribution of certain figurines in Western Asia Minor, focussing on the distribution paths of Pergamene figurines.