Figurine of a woman kneading dough at trough

Late Archaic Period
about 500–475 B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Boiotia, Tanagra


Height: 13.5 cm (5 5/16 in.)

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Gallery 212A-B


The Ancient World



A woman wearing a long chiton kneads bread dough at a kneading trough, holding a possible beater in her right hand; her hair is bound up in a sakkos. A lamp balances on the corner of the kneading trough. One of many figurines depicting genre scenes foun in the graves and sanctuairies of mainland Greece, Sicily, South Italy and Cyprus.

Some added color preserved—black on the dough and lamp, yellow on the kneading trough, red for necklace and arm bracelet on left arm. Handmade, with moldmade head. Said to come from Eretria, possibly Boeotian manufacture.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Athens & said to have come from Eretria. Would have been imported from Tanagra.); 1897: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 25,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 97.285-97.442 and 97.1104)

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Catharine Page Perkins Fund