Terracotta female figure in three-legged chair

Helladic, Mycenaean

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 151

Miniature tripod chairs, both empty and with seated figures, have been found at many religious, domestic, and burial sites of the Mycenaean period. They likely had some special significance and have often been interpreted as thrones for deities. The figures take the same form as freestanding female statuettes that may depict goddesses. A terracotta group with the same composition (31.11.8), dated to the eighth century bce, is exhibited nearby.

Terracotta female figure in three-legged chair, Terracotta, Helladic, Mycenaean

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