Caricature: Nude lady
Late Classical Period
about 350–325 B.C.
Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens
9.6 cm (3 3/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Caricature: Siren plucked of her feathers represented as a fat old woman, with thin legs like those of a bird. Traces of red on hair, and of white slip. Missing; right arm, left hand, legs from knee.
The woman’s thick lips suggest a foreign, perhaps African origin. She may be a caricature either of a foreign prostitute at Athens or of one of the sexually uninhibited peoples in the East described in the tall tales of Greek travelers and mercenary soldiers like Xenophon.
By 1901: with E. P. Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Athens.); purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, December 1901
Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution