Figurine of Kneeling Psyche

Greek, East Greek
Hellenistic Period
3rd century B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Asia Minor, Aeolis, Myrina

Catalogue Raisonné

Burr, Terra-cottas from Myrina (MFA), no. 016.


8.9 cm (3 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Statuette of Psyche kneeling. She has her left knee resting upon the ground and her right foot forward; she extends her right arm forward. She wears a long high-girt chiton, with deep-cut neck and an himation wrapped around her legs and falling to the ground in a wide fold from her left knee. She has her hair drawn back in a knot, with some curls falling down her neck and a fillet around the top of her head. She wears thick-soled forked shoes. Most likely, the figurine represents a moment in the narrative of Aphrodite, Eros and Psyche.

Traces of white paint, yelllowish colour on flesh. Missing: left arm from shoulder, right arm from elbow, wings, of which there are traces, and base. Red clay.


According to MFA file card: from Myrina; by date unknown: Carmichael Collection; by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to his records: Myrina. Carmichael sale lot 173); Anonymous Private Collection; Anonymous gift to MFA, May 10, 1906

Credit Line

Anonymous gift