Terracotta female figure, Terracotta, Helladic, Mycenaean

Terracotta female figure

Period:
Late Helladic IIIA
Date:
ca. 1400–1300 B.C.
Culture:
Helladic, Mycenaean
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
H. 4 1/4 in. (10.8 m)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1935
Accession Number:
35.11.16
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 151
This tau-type figurine has the conventional hollow, columnar stem with the head rendered somewhat larger in proportion to the body. Characteristically, the figure is high waisted with arms, rendered as singly applied strips of clay, folded neatly over the breasts. She wears a long garment, simply decorated with two vertical lines down the front and back. The figurine's coiffure is particularly distinct, with a plait that is rendered over the top of the headdress and down the back of the neck. A fringe of hair peeks out from under the edge of an elaborately festooned polos.
Alexander, Christine. 1939. Early Greek Art: A Picture Book. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Alexander, Christine. 1945. "Early Statuettes from Greece." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 3(10): p. 241.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. p. 15, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome. no. 25, pp. 41, 412, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.