**First Time At Auction**
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
All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.
A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.
We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience.