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.

Dimensions

8.9 cm (3 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

06.2369

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

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.

Provenance

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