Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Terracotta group of two girls playing a game known as ephedrismos

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
late 4th–early 3rd century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Corinthian
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
H. 5 7/16 in. (13.8 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1907
Accession Number:
07.286.4
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 158
The subject of this group with one person carrying another has a long history in Greek art. It is thought to illustrate a game called ephedrismos. A stone was placed upright on the ground, and balls or pebbles were thrown at it from a distance. The loser's eyes were covered, and he had to carry the other player on his back until he found and touched the stone. There were probably a number of variations. Here the little girl carries her companion but does not have her eyes covered.
McClees, Helen and Christine Alexander. 1933. The Daily Life of the Greeks and Romans: As Illustrated in the Classical Collections, 5th ed. pp. 47, 50, fig. 62, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

McClees, Helen and Christine Alexander. 1941. The Daily Life of the Greeks and Romans: As Illustrated in the Classical Collections, 5th ed. pp. 47, 50, fig. 62, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. p. 252, pl. 92i, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Neils, Jenifer, John H. Oakley, and Katherine Hart. 2003. Coming of Age in Ancient Greece: Images of Childhood from the Classical Past no. 83, p. 275, New Haven: Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College.

Karoglou, Kyriaki. 2016. "The Collection of Greek Terracotta Figurines at The Metropolitan Museum of Art." Les Carnets de l’ACoSt, 14: n. 24 [p. 8].

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