Clay figure found at Dionysos Temple in Athens

Object number
Object: Figurine of a sitting woman

Material: Pale red clay with traces of dark red slip

Date: 5th - 4th century B.C.
Late Archaic - Early Classic Period of Ancient Greece

Description:    Woman sitting stiffly on a chair, wearing a peplos or a chiton. Oval face with prominent nose. The waved hair is carefully dressed above the front and ears. The woman is wearing a stephane (head dress shaped as a crown which was used in Ancient Greece). Her hands are hidden below the clothing. Flat back, hollow inside.

Size: Length 114 mm, width 65 mm, height 45 mm

Condition: Head and feet broken and re-attached. Small chip of approx. 10mm at right side of base broken in antiquity). Otherwise very well preserved with traces of the original dark red slip. Number 3109 written on the inside.

Reference: Vgl. R. A. Higgins, Greek Terracottas. London, 1967. Pl. 39d

Provenance: Acquired by us in 2020 on the British art market. Previously with Sun Jester, a British organization dedicated to adult education that emerged from the Young Archaeologists Club. Acquired by the organization in 2003 from the British city of Wakefield, administered by the Wakefield Council. The city council sold objects from the old British educational lending collection Wakefield Education Resource Service (ERS) that shut down its program in the middle of the 1990s. It came into the collection between 1923 and 1988. The object was inventorized as set 3109 and later re-inventorized as set 2 of catalogue reference E779.
The ERS records preserved the information that the figurine was found together with two other objects at the Temple of Dionysos in Athens (group # 3109).

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