Terracotta statuette of a standing girl

Period: Hellenistic

Date: ca. 300 B.C.

Culture: Greek, Attic

Medium: Terracotta

Dimensions: Overall: 4 1/2 x 1 3/4 x 1 1/16 in. (11.4 x 4.4 x 2.6 cm)

Classification: Terracottas

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1907

Accession Number: 07.286.31


By the late fourth century B.C., children were no longer represented as miniature adults but rather were given childlike proportions and features. This little girl is dressed like a grown-up in a chiton and a himation (cloak) wrapped around her upper body. Her hair is in the twisted rolls of the so-called melon coiffure that was fashionable for ladies. The carefully detailed drapery folds with varying thickness and depth resemble metalwork and mark this as an early figurine from the sophisticated workshops of Athens itself, where this type of figurine was first developed.