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Terracotta statuette of a woman

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
early 3rd century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, South Italian, Tarentine
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
H. 10 3/8 in. (26.4 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1911
Accession Number:
11.212.16
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 161
Standing draped women represent one of the most common types of terracotta figure from the fourth through second century B.C. throughout the Greek world. Recent studies have suggested that they are not simply ladies of fashion but that their meaning has to do with marriage. The variant with one arm akimbo may have a specific social connotation.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1912. "Department of Classical Art: Recent Accessions." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 7(5): p. 98.

Karoglou, Kyriaki. 2016. "The Collection of Greek Terracotta Figurines at The Metropolitan Museum of Art." Les Carnets de l’ACoSt, 14: n. 28 [p. 8].

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