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Figure of a Woman

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3925, Figure of a Woman, Hellenistic Period; c. 300-250 B.C.

Culture: Greek; from Tanagra
Material: Terracotta
Dimensions: h. 6 1/8 in 15.5 cm

This figurine represents one of the many small statues found in domestic settings, sanctuaries and graves at Tanagra, a Greek city that flourished in the fourth and third centuries B.C. Such figures were mass produced, but are still important because they give insight into daily life and demonstrate Hellenistic interest in individualism rather than idealism.

This statuette was made using a two piece mould, and the base was produced separately. The woman holds a fan and wears a sunhat, clearly prepared for the Mediterranean sun.

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