Caricature: Nude lady

Greek
Late Classical Period
about 350–325 B.C.


Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Dimensions

9.6 cm (3 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

01.7895

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Caricature: Siren plucked of her feathers represented as a fat old woman, with thin legs like those of a bird. Traces of red on hair, and of white slip. Missing; right arm, left hand, legs from knee.
Label text:
The woman’s thick lips suggest a foreign, perhaps African origin. She may be a caricature either of a foreign prostitute at Athens or of one of the sexually uninhibited peoples in the East described in the tall tales of Greek travelers and mercenary soldiers like Xenophon.

Provenance

By 1901: with E. P. Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Athens.); purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution