Terracotta statuette of a seated woman

Greek, probably Boeotian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 156

Seated on an elaborately decorated throne and wearing a veiled headdress, this figure is probably a goddess. Palmettes painted in red ocher and carbon-based black are still visible on the throne, and bright red cinnabar adorns the hem of her garment. Scientific analysis also revealed Egyptian blue on the throne and base, as well as on her diadem and dress. Hundreds of similar figures were dedicated on the Athenian Acropolis, suggesting they may be small-scale versions of an early cult statue of Athena.

Terracotta statuette of a seated woman, Terracotta, Greek, probably Boeotian

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