Greek Terracotta Woman of Fashion

Greek Terracotta Woman of Fashion

An ancient Hellenistic Greek terracotta statuette of a fashionable woman standing with her thick himation pulled up over her head and draped over a long chiton, traces of original painted detail survive.

Ca. 3rd century BC.
Height: 6 3/4 in. (17 cm).

Terracotta statuettes depicting ancient Greek women in fine dress became especially popular during the Hellenistic period. Workshops at Tanagra in Boeotia, and at Rhodes, and Alexandria produced a great many finely modeled and painted examples of fashionable women.

An undercoat of white survives over much of the figure, with traces of pink on the border of the himation. The veiled head is elongated at the top, perhaps to support a tholia (disk-like sunhat).

cf.: L. Burn & R. Higgins, Catalogue of Greek Terracottas in the British Museum, Vol. III, (London, 2001), no. 2046.

Formerly in the collection of Dr. Wallace A. Russell, Tampa Florida; purchased in 1967 from A. Provos, Athens.

Inv#: 6817


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