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Lot 0251
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Greece, probably Tanagra, Boeotia, ca. 4th century BCE. A graceful mold-made ceramic depiction of a standing woman draped in a heavy himation over a chiton that wraps sensuously around her slender body and falls to the floor, covering all but the tips of her feet. The chiton has a crinkled texture at the bottom of the skirt and underneath it you can see her tight V-neck. The woman has her hair in a tight bun at the back of her head with a distinctive crown-like headdress. Her hair is parted in the middle and her face is depicted gazing forward, her neck tilted slightly. Size: 3.2" W x 8.7" H (8.1 cm x 22.1 cm)

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 of the over 10,000 graves found there have up to a dozen of these statuettes. Perhaps they represented mourners, dressed in finery to attend a funeral.

Sold as part of Lot 157 at Bonhams, London on May 8, 2013: https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/20667/lot/157/?category=list&length=10&page=16

Provenance: private Houston, Texas, USA collection; ex-Bonhams London Antiquities Auction, May 8, 2013, part of lot 157; ex-Joseph Klein collection, formed in New York, New York, USA between 1941 and 1980, thence by descent

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Condition

Head has been reattached. One arm is lost. Small losses to the crown/hair, shoulder, and base. Nice preservation of detail with some of the original white pigment still visible.

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Greek Tenagran Figure of Woman, ex-Bonhams

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