Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Lead figure of a woman

Period:
Archaic
Date:
late 7th–early 6th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Laconian
Medium:
Lead
Dimensions:
Height: 1 13/16 in. (4.7 cm)
Classification:
Miscellaneous-Lead
Credit Line:
Gift of A. J. B. Wace, 1924
Accession Number:
24.195.16
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Small flat votive figurines of cast lead have been found in great quantities at the ancient sanctuaries of Laconia; over one hundred thousand, dating from the seventh century B.C. to the Classical period, were dedicated to the goddess Artemis Orthia in Sparta.
From Sparta, the sanctuary of Artemis Orthia

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. p. 34, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

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