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Terracotta statuette of a youth

mid to late 5th century B.C.
Greek, Boeotian
Fabric: tan (10 YR 7/4, darker), fairly coarse, with small gray, white, and sparkling inclusions, voids.
Slip, paint: white slip, red paint on flesh and hair.
Method of manufacture: moldmade, hollow, probably all in one mold.
Back, venting: back handmade, not detailed; long rectangular vent from waist to calves.
H. 7 5/8 in. (19.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Lucy W. Drexel, 1889
Accession Number:
Not on view
Statuettes of this type were popular offerings at the sanctuary of the Kabeiroi, a mystery cult at Thebes in Boeotia. They represent adolescent youths and may have been related to initiation rituals.
Possibly found at Ephesos

Until 1888, collection of Joseph William Drexel, New York; acquired in 1889, gift of Mrs. Lucy Wharton Drexel.
Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1895. The Terracottas and Pottery of the Cesnola Collection of Cypriote Antiquities in Halls 4 and 15. no. 260, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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