Tanagra figure of a bride from Henry H. Gorringe collection
Henry Honychurch Gorringe (1841-1885) was responsible for the removal of Cleopatra's Needle from Alexandria, Egypt to Central Park in New York City.
Large figure of a standing woman
Red clay with white and blue pigment
Late 4th - early 3rd century B.C.
So-called Tanagra figurine. The young woman is standing tall with her robe pulled over her head, one hand is resting on her hips or stomach, the other is tucked beneath her robe at the waist. She looks straight, her face is finely worked with a small straight nose and small mouth. The back side of the figure is flat with large ventilation hole for burning.
A remarkable feature of the figurine is that the vibrant original pigment is fully preserved across her abdomen, which is very rare to find for ancient terra cotta figurines.
Height 166 mm, width 50 mm
Excellent condition. Fully preserved, the white slip is widely preserved, as is the vibrant original pigment across her abdomen. Pencil note "32", sticker "110" on the back.
G. S. Merker, The Sanctuary of Demeter and Kore: Terracotta figurines of the classical, hellenistic, and roman periods. V. 18, P. 4, Princeton (New Jersey), 2000. Nr. H110, Pl. 34
Acquired by us in 2018 from a US auction house. Ex Henry Honychurch Gorringe (1841-1885) collection, later on loan to the Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA.
Henry Honychurch Gorringe was a United States naval officer. In 1875, he discovered the underwater mountain range now known as the Gorringe Sea Bank. Later (1876 - 1878) he served in the Mediterranean. But it was his successful planning and completion of moving the 21 meter high obelisk of Thutmose III with a weight of 200 tons from Alexandria in Egypt to Central Park in New York City which brought him national acclaim. The monument, nowadays known as Cleopatra's Needle, is still one of the highlights of Central Park in NYC. Another remarkable fact about Henry Gorringe is that one of his friends was Theodore Roosevelt, who later served as the 26th president of the United States from 1901 to 1909.
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