Figurine of a standing woman (2)

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Greek, Boeotian
About 330–200 BCE
Terracotta
19 cm
Yale University Art Gallery: Gift of Molly and Walter Bareiss, B.S. 1940s; 2001.28.2

The figure stands on a thin rectangular base, most of her weight resting on her left leg and her right foot pointed to the side. Her right arm is bent at the elbow, which points outward. Her left arm rests at her side, with her hand at her hip. Both arms are enveloped by her himation. The himation covers her body completely from the neck down to the feet. Her hair is parted in the center and divided so as to create subtle ridges (the so-called “melon” coiffure). The hair is pulled to the back of her head, where it is gathered in a bun. The features of her face are small and delicate.

This figure of a standing woman, along with another terracotta figure of a seated woman also included in the Bareiss gift, is an excellent example of a Tanagra-style figurine. This type of clay figurine is so named because of its prevalence in tombs excavated in and around the Boeotian city of Tanagra. Tanagra figurines of women, such as this one, show the influence of the renowned Athenian sculptor Praxiteles (ca. 370-330 BCE) in the naturalism of their faces and in the tall, slender proportions of their bodies.

Not on view

Further reading

“Acquisitions 2001,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2002): 126.

R.A. Higgins, Catalogue of the Terracottas in the British Museum (1954), nos. 875-882. R.A. Higgins, Greek Terracottas (1967).

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