Statuette of a standing goddess

Greek, Boeotian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 152

Colorful details painted on a white slip accentuate the elaborate makeup, accessories, and drapery adorning this female figure. Yellow ocher applied to the headdress, earrings, and garment evokes gold, and red ocher painted on her neck probably depicts a necklace of pomegranates, a symbol of death and rebirth. The headdress with rays suggests the woman is a goddess, perhaps Persephone, queen of the Underworld. Discovered primarily in graves, statuettes of this type may have been intended specifically for funerary use.

Statuette of a standing goddess, terracotta, Greek, Boeotian

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