Terracotta draped woman

Period: Hellenistic

Date: 3rd century B.C.

Culture: Greek, Boeotian

Medium: Terracotta

Dimensions: H. 7 3/4in. (19.6 cm)

Classification: Terracottas

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1907

Accession Number: 07.286.2


Tanagra figurines were brightly colored with water-soluble paints. Still visible on this statuette of a woman draped in a himation is the red pigment used for her hair, which is styled in the melon coiffure with rows of twisted strands of hair. Black pigment originally marked her eyebrows, eyes, and other details, and her flesh would have been painted a pale orange pink. Still evident on the surface of her drapery are the original white slip and traces of blue pigment, an expensive paint applied only sparingly on Tanagra figurines.