Greece, Hellenistic period, ca. 3rd century BCE. A mold-made ceramic standing figure depicting an older man, wrapped tightly in his clothing so that only his face and feet are exposed, and a woman, nude aside from a wrap tied in a large knot around her waist. The woman leans into the man, and both are posed dynamically and naturalistically. White pigment remains on the figure's clothing in great quantities. Size: 3" W x 5.75" H (7.6 cm x 14.6 cm); 6.1" H (15.5 cm) on included custom stand.
During the Hellenistic Period, Greeks had access knowledge about the past through institutions like the Library of Alexandria, creating a sense of history and connection to the Greeks who had come before them. Prominent Hellenistic art collectors commissioned pieces based on public statues from the earlier Classical Period, and smaller, more available art forms like this sculpture echoed the naturalistic, detailed classical style. Terracotta figures like this one have been found in private dwellings where they may have been part of a shrine or had a religious purpose. Others decorate tombs and sanctuaries - in Tanagra, the site that this style of figure is named for, some graves had up to a dozen of these statuettes. Perhaps they represented mourners, dressed in finery to attend a funeral.
Provenance: private Secaucus, New Jersey, USA collection; ex-private Mazard collection, France, acquired in the 1980s
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