Terracotta group of two girls playing a game known as ephedrismos

Period: Hellenistic

Date: late 4th–early 3rd century B.C.

Culture: Greek, Corinthian

Medium: Terracotta

Dimensions: H. 5 7/16 in. (13.8 cm)

Classification: Terracottas

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1907

Accession Number: 07.286.4


The subject of this group with one person carrying another has a long history in Greek art. It is thought to illustrate a game called ephedrismos. A stone was placed upright on the ground, and balls or pebbles were thrown at it from a distance. The loser's eyes were covered, and he had to carry the other player on his back until he found and touched the stone. There were probably a number of variations. Here the little girl carries her companion but does not have her eyes covered.