Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Terracotta female figure in three-legged chair

Late Helladic IIIB
13th century B.C.
Helladic, Mycenaean
Terracotta; hand-made
H. 3 1/8 in. (8.9 cm)
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 151
Such representations are often interpreted as thrones with a deity. There are comparable works of Geometric date, (see 31.11.8), exhibited in a nearby case.
Said to be from Alambra, Cyprus

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