Muse playing a kithara

Greek, East Greek
Imperial Period
1st century A.D.


Catalogue Raisonné

Burr, Terra-cottas from Myrina (MFA), no. 106.

Dimensions

32.3 cm (12 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

87.390

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

On View

Greek Classical Gallery (Gallery 215C)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Statuette of standing draped Muse who holds her arms in a position of playing a kithara. She is standing on the right leg and having her left to the front and side. She is wearing a chiton, which is fastened with a button on her right shoulder and over that an himation, which is wrapped around her body and left upper arm, leaving her right breast free. Her hair is arranged in three rows of curls around her face and hangs down her neck. It is not worked behind. She wears a crown (stephane) decorated with a lotus and palmette design in relief; she has earrings in her ears and she is wearing thick-soled forked sandals. She stands on a low base.

The fingers of the left are missing and so are all of the fingers of the right hand but the thumb; also missing parts of the side curls.
Traces of cream on flesh, reddish-brown on hair, black on stephane and button, pink and red on himation.

Light-reddish yellow 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