Terracotta statuette of a standing girl

Period: Hellenistic

Date: ca. 300 B.C.

Culture: Greek, Attic

Medium: Terracotta

Dimensions: Overall: 4 1/2 x 1 3/4 x 1 1/16 in. (11.4 x 4.4 x 2.6 cm)

Classification: Terracottas

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1907

Accession Number: 07.286.31


Like other representations of children in the Hellenistic period, this little girl is characterized by a large, round head with a high-domed forehead, a sweet smile, and a quiet pose. She wears a chiton and a himation that is wrapped around her upper body. Her hairstyle comprises rows of twisted strands of hair, the so-called melon coiffure that was fashionable for ladies in the late fourth century B.C. Her carefully detailed drapery folds with their varying thickness and depth mark this as an early Tanagra figurine from the sophisticated workshops of Athens, where this type of terracotta figurine was first developed.