Terracotta statuette of a nude woman
- 7th century B.C.
- Greek, Cretan
- Overall: 8 x 1 7/8 in. (20.3 x 4.7 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Gift of Archaeological Institute of America, 1953
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Excavated at Praisos, on Crete
Mold-made terracotta figures with highly stylized triangular faces framed by wiglike hair were produced throughout the Aegean during the seventh century B.C. Today the style is aptly called Daedalic, after the mythological founder of art, Daedalos of Crete, for Crete probably introduced the style from the Near East to the Aegean. Such figures, usually fully dressed, appear in a variety of media, but large-scale limestone statues of this type were produced only on Crete.