Molded terracotta, painted
Overall: 23.5 cm (9 1/4 in.)
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1926.522
This woman’s rolled hairstyle is now called a “melon coiffure.”
This figurine depicts an elegantly draped young woman wearing a cloak or himation over a dress called a chiton. The contrast between her sharp elbow and flowing skirts illustrates an interest in the stretch and fold of different fabrics. Originally brilliantly painted, this figurine still has traces of color such as the red hair and the white on her face. The site of Tanagra in central Greece is known for its abundance of terracotta figurines like this one made by mixing and matching different molds.
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