Exhibitions/ Art Object

Terracotta statuette of a woman

2nd century B.C.
Greek, perhaps from Asia Minor
H. 11 3/4 in. (29.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Saidie Adler May, 1930
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
This statuette holds a cloak across its body and crosses its arms in a pose, the so-called "Pudicitia" type, often used for full-scale statues of women in the late Hellenistic period. The pose puts the figurine into the 2nd century B.C. By this time, the mainland Greek workshops no longer produce figurines of this quality, so it is most likely from an Asia Minor workshop.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1931. "A Tanagra Statuette." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 26(1): pp. 18-20.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1936[1934]. A Guide to the Collections, Part 1: Ancient and Oriental Art, 2nd edn. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 112, 252, pl. 92a, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Karoglou, Kyriaki. 2016. "The Collection of Greek Terracotta Figurines at The Metropolitan Museum of Art." Les Carnets de l’ACoSt, 14: p. 5, n. 22 [p. 8], fig. 8c.

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