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Terracotta statuette of a draped goddess

Period:
Classical
Date:
late 5th–4th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek
Medium:
terracotta
Dimensions:
Overall: 14 3/4 x 5 1/2 x 4in. (37.5 x 14 x 10.2cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
Gift of Robin Symes, in memory of Christo Michailidis, 2000
Accession Number:
2000.163
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 158
A lack of preserved attributes makes the identification of this majestic female figure elusive. She may have held a cornucopia, which would identify her as the personification of good fortune, Agathe Tyche. Alternatively, she could represent a youthful goddess such as Persephone, the daughter of Demeter.
The statuesque figure echoes monumental sculpture in marble and bronze of the time. Extensive reworking of the clay after it was pressed in a mold suggests that this fine terracotta is a singleton, not a mass-produced object.
Picón, Carlos A., Joan R. Mertens, Elizabeth J. Milleker, Christopher S. Lightfoot, and Seán Hemingway. 2000. "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection 1999–2000: Ancient World." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 58(2): p. 11.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2000. "One Hundred Thirtieth Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1999 through June 30, 2000." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 130: p. 18.

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