Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Terracotta statuette of a nude woman

Period:
Archaic
Date:
7th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Cretan
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
Overall: 6 x 2 1/4 in. (15.2 x 5.7 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
Gift of Archaeological Institute of America, 1953
Accession Number:
53.5.24
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 152
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.
From Crete, excavations at Praisos (1893-1894 by Federico Halbherr for AIA)

Dohan, Edith Hall. 1930–1931. "Archaic Cretan Terracottas in America." Metropolitan Museum Studies, 3: pp. 215-16, fig. 15.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 29, 178, pl. 18a, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Niemeier, W.-D., O. Pilz, and I. Kaiser. 2013. Kreta in der geometrischen und archaischen Zeit: Akten des Internationalen Kolloquiums am Deutschen Archäologischen Institut, Abteilung Athen, 27.-29. Januar 2006. pp. 433-34, fig. 7, Munich: Hirmer Verlag.

Karoglou, Kyriaki. 2016. "The Collection of Greek Terracotta Figurines at The Metropolitan Museum of Art." Les Carnets de l’ACoSt, 14: n. 3 [p. 7].

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