Bell-shaped female figurine

Late Geometric or Early Orientializing Period
720–690 B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Boiotia

Catalogue Raisonné

Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 163.


Height: 30 cm (11 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



“Bell-idol” with bell-shaped body and swinging legs from Thebes (Boiotia). There are small holes in the ear lobes. Eyes, eyebrows and long hair are painted. The irises of the eyes are white beads. Two arms, bent at elbows, rest on the body. The proper left hand is missing. The front of the body has two breasts in relief. The cloak and necklace are painted on. Main decoration on front of body: two heraldic water birds, three swastikas and hatched hourglass motif. There are bands at the bottom of the body.
The body is wheel made, with holes on the sides to allow for hanging of the legs. The legs are made of more red clay and perhaps do not belong.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Paris from a Greek. Probably from Thebes); 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund