Production in the region of Tanagra ran on the most considerable scale from 500-330 BC, throughout which time the variation in typology was limited. The clay used was pale and scattered with fine mica, making for a very desirable material. The most popular of figures found in Tarentum are of Dionysus reclining on a couch, sometimes with a woman at his feet who during the 4th century BC is usually holding a child. It is thought that the female figure is Persephone, and the child Iacchus. Complete examples of this group are very rare, however their production lasted the whole way through Tarentum’s period of sculptural posterity, the rendering of the figures and their heads constantly keeping vogue with the times. The distinguishing feature which allows one to identify the male head as coming from one such group is the central rosette attached to a plume or lotus-flower on the headdress, which later evolved to an additional rosette either side of the head. He was shown both bearded and clean-shaven, but always with relative youth, a strong torso and drapery about his waist. The figures were usually made without a reverse and were instead supported by struts, though the heads were finished roughly, in the round.