Seated female nursing child (kourotrophos)

Roman Provincial
Early Imperial Period

Place of Manufacture: Asia Minor, Aeolis, Myrina

Catalogue Raisonné

Burr, Terra-cottas from Myrina (MFA), no. 005.


Overall: 20.5 x 5.5 x 20.5 cm (8 1/16 x 2 3/16 x 8 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


On View

Gallery 212A-B


The Ancient World



Group of a seated woman breastfeeding a baby. They stand on a block base. The woman is seating on a high back-less stool (diphros), which is decorated at the front, on either side of the figure with incised saltire-squares; she is wearing a short-sleeved chiton, which is fastened on her right shoulder with a large button and exposes her left shoulder and breast. On this left side, she is holding a baby, who is drinking milk from her left breast. She has her right hand extended slightly farther than the left to protect te child, in case he stirs. She wears large earrings and shoes. She has her hair arranged behind in a small knot and in a large roll over the forehead. Pink on chiton; white slip on places; brownish flesh color on the baby’s body.

Pinkish-red clay.


By 1901: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Myrina, from the Metaxas Collection in Athens); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution