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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
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 158
By the late fourth century B.C., children were no longer represented as miniature adults but rather were given childlike proportions and features. This little girl is dressed like a grown-up in a chiton and a himation (cloak) wrapped around her upper body. Her hair is in the twisted rolls of the so-called melon coiffure that was fashionable for ladies. The carefully detailed drapery folds with varying thickness and depth resemble metalwork and mark this as an early figurine from the sophisticated workshops of Athens itself, where this type of figurine was first developed.
Uhlenbrock, Jaimee. 1990. The Coroplast's Art: Greek Terracottas of the Hellenistic World no. 2, p. 109, New Rochelle, N.Y.: College Art Gallery, SUNY, New Paltz.

Bol, Peter C. 2004. Die Geschichte der antiken Bildhauerkunst, Vol. 2. pp. 430, 450, 460, 464ff, pl. 446, Mainz: Verlag Philipp von Zabern.

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