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Terracotta statuette of an emaciated woman

Period:
Late Hellenistic
Date:
1st century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Asia Minor, Smyrna
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
H. 6 5/8 in. (16.8 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Lucy W. Drexel, 1889
Accession Number:
89.2.2141
  • Description

    This statuette of an emaciated woman with elongated proportions is a striking portrayal of the human condition. At first glance, she looks like an old woman, with her bony frame and sagging, ill-shapen breasts that hang above her slightly bulging belly. But her statuesque contrapposto pose, diaphanous dress that slips off her right shoulder, and the style of her hair, which is worn long and down, suggest that she is a young woman who is suffering from a debilitating disease.

  • Provenance

    Said to have been found near Ephesos

    Until 1888, collection of Joseph William Drexel, New York; acquired in 1889, gift of Mrs. Lucy Wharton Drexel.

  • References

    Kunze, Christian. 1998. Die Farnesische Stier und die Dirkegruppe des Apollonios und Tauriskos, Jahrbuch des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts. Ergänzungsheft, Vol. 30. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter & Co, p. 63, fig. 273.

    Rous, Isabelle Hasselin, Ludovic Laugier, and Jean-Luc Martinez. 2009. D'Izmir à Smyrne: découverte d'une cité antique. Musée du Louvre, pp. 170, 172, 186, fig. 90.

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