Standing woman (Pudicitia type)

Greek, East Greek
Hellenistic Period
about 250–200 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Burr, Terra-cottas from Myrina (MFA), no. 099.

Dimensions

Height: 36 cm (14 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

87.386

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Statuette of standing draped woman. She has her right arm crossed to her left hip to support her left elbow. She is looking to the left. She is wearing a chiton and an himation, wrapped around her body and her left arm; she is also wearing earrings and a circlet on her loosely waved hair, which is knot behind (Knidian coiffure); high-soled, forked sandals on her feet. The position of her arms identifies her as a well known sculptural type ‘pudicitia’ or modest woman. The figure belongs to the group of draped women who were found in graves and were the companions of the deceased.

The head is incorrectly repositioned in recent restoration. Left arm reattached. She is missing four fingers of left hand. Traces of white slip overall.

Light-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