Freestanding stone statues of children were made in the Hellenistic period as votive offerings dedicated to the gods in their sanctuaries to secure divine protection for the child depicted.
von Bothmer, Dietrich and René d'Harnoncourt. 1950. Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities: An Exhibition from the Collection of Walter Cummings Baker, Esq. no. 62, p. 10, New York: Walter Cummings Baker.