Figurine of a woman Holding a Child

Greek, East Greek
Hellenistic Period
1st century B.C.


Findspot: Asia Minor, Aeolis, Myrina, estate of M.Aristide-Bey Baltazzi at Kalabassary

Catalogue Raisonné

Burr, Terra-cottas from Myrina (MFA), no. 104.

Dimensions

32 cm (12 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

87.394

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Statuette of a woman standing, holding a child in her arms. She is standing on her right leg having her left placed to the side and she is looking down. She is wearing a chiton and an himation, which covers not only her body but her head too in a rectangular arrangement. She is wearing a double fillet joined by a disk and a ring on her left hand. She is also wearing thick-soled shoes, which are forked. The child is nude and has wings, so he is probably Eros. He stretches his arms upwards. The figure stands on a plinth base.

Woman is missing parts of the left shoulder, of drapery on the left side and of base. Also missing the child’s wings and arms.
Some traces of white slip on the figure.

Red clay.

Provenance

By 1886: found on the estate of M. Aristide-Bey Baltazzi at Kalabassary (Myrina); 1887: purchased for MFA by Martin Brimmer; gift of Martin Brimmer to MFA, 1887

Credit Line

Gift of Martin Brimmer