Terracotta statuette of an old nurse holding a child
- last quarter of 4th century B.C.
- Greek, Attic or Boeotian
- H. 5 3/8 in. (13.7 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Rogers Fund, 1910
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Figurines of seated and standing nurses with babies became popular in the fourth century B.C. This specific type is a later one and reflects the interest in realism in the Early Hellenistic period. Its invention was probably due to the influence of the so-called New Comedy that began in Athens at this time and in which the child-holding nurse was a common character.