From:Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities
About this objectPart of a figurine of a female, wearing elaborately draped clothing. Sadly, the identity of the figure is unknown. This is possibly a votive figurine, made to be left as an offering in a sanctuary.
The front of the figurine has been made using a mould, while the reverse was sculpted from a plain sheet of clay that has broken away around the lower side of a rectangular vent-hole. The pinkish-brown clay with occasional small red inclusions suggest this may have been made in Attica.
The figure's weight is shown resting on the left leg, with the right leg relaxed and forward at the knee. Her left arm hangs loosely at the side but the right is not evident, even though the piece is complete on that side. This suggests her right arm was raised. The figure wears a long chiton that is held at the shoulders and falls in a v-shaped fold at the neck. The play of the folds in the drapery is fairly sophisticated. There are remains of the white slip left, but nothing of the paint.
The style suggests a date in the middle of the fourth century BC.
Date Made4th century BCE
Place NotesPossibly from Attica
Medium and MaterialsClay: Terracotta
Style and IconographyAttic
Subject and Association KeywordsClothing and dress
Subject and Association KeywordsWomen in art
Subject and Association KeywordsArt and religion
Named CollectionThe James Logie Memorial Collection, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Credit LineDonated by Mrs Broadhead, 1968. From the collection of Professor H.D. Broadhead.
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