Seated female nursing child (kourotrophos)

Roman Provincial
Early Imperial Period
A.D.20–70


Place of Manufacture: Asia Minor, Aeolis, Myrina

Catalogue Raisonné

Burr, Terra-cottas from Myrina (MFA), no. 005.

Dimensions

Overall: 20.5 x 5.5 x 20.5 cm (8 1/16 x 2 3/16 x 8 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

01.7747

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Group of a seated woman breastfeeding a baby. They stand on a block base. The woman is seating on a high back-less stool (diphros), which is decorated at the front, on either side of the figure with incised saltire-squares; she is wearing a short-sleeved chiton, which is fastened on her right shoulder with a large button and exposes her left shoulder and breast. On this left side, she is holding a baby, who is drinking milk from her left breast. She has her right hand extended slightly farther than the left to protect te child, in case he stirs. She wears large earrings and shoes. She has her hair arranged behind in a small knot and in a large roll over the forehead. Pink on chiton; white slip on places; brownish flesh color on the baby’s body.

Pinkish-red clay.

Provenance

By 1901: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Myrina, from the Metaxas Collection in Athens); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution