Female mourner

Archaic Period
About 575 B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Boiotia


Height: 23 cm (9 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Terracotta, Painted

On View

Gallery 212A-B


The Ancient World



Female mourning figure standing with rubbery arms curved up to touch top of head. She wears a plain black garment with long sleeves. Flat ovoid in section with base slightly splayed and concave. Entire body from neck down and arms to below elbows painted in matt black, as are hair and facial details. Nose chipped. Head and arms in the round. White of the eye in white. Broken and repaired at about mid-point. The face is mold-made while the flat body is handmade. The figurine was probably made as a burial gift.


By date unknown: with Peter Vitalis; purchased by MFA from Peter Vitalis, October 11, 1967

Credit Line

Edwin E. Jack Fund