Figurine of a woman wearing an elaborate headdress (butterfly wings?)

Greek, East Greek
150–100 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Burr, Terra-cottas from Myrina (MFA), no. 105.


23.9 cm (9 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Statuette of woman standing. The movement of the body and the lifting of the drapery recall a dancing pose and in that case she could be a Muse dancing. She has her weight on her right leg and the left leg placed to the side; her left arm is bent looking upwards and with the right hand she is lifting piece of her drapery. She is dressed in a chiton and an himation, which leaves her right breast uncovered in a broad fold from her right shoulder. Her hair is drawn back to a knot from which curls hang down along her shoulders; over her hair she wears a circlet; behind the circlet raises an elaborate headdress of butterfly form with a disk and petal. She also wears a bracelet on her right wrist and thick-soled sandals. She is not placed on a plinth.
Her fingers, left foot, some curls and part of her drapery are missing. The back of the figurine is worked. There are some traces of pink on the himation and yellow along its edge at neck and bottom and some gilding on the bracelet.

Reddish-yellow clay.


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