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Terracotta statuette of an old nurse holding a child

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
last quarter of 4th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic or Boeotian
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
H. 5 3/8 in. (13.7 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1910
Accession Number:
10.210.38
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 164
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.
Neils, Jenifer, John H. Oakley, and Katherine Hart. 2003. Coming of Age in Ancient Greece: Images of Childhood from the Classical Past no. 26, p. 227, New Haven: Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College.

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