Statuette of a Goddess

A work made of terracotta.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of terracotta.

Date:

600/580 BC

Artist:

Greek; Boeotia

About this artwork

This terra-cotta sculpture was fashioned from locally abundant clay in Boeotia, situated to the northwest of Athens. The standing female wears a tall headdress and a painted necklace with a pomegranate pendant, which suggests that she depicts either Demeter or Persephone, goddesses of the harvest and agricultural fertility, respectively. Female statuettes and monkey-like creatures astride striped horses—this one with truncated legs—were created in great numbers, probably as gifts to the gods or to be placed in graves.

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Ancient and Byzantine Art

Artist

Ancient Greek

Title

Statuette of a Goddess

Origin

Dodona

Date

600 AD–580 AD

Medium

terracotta

Dimensions

18.2 × 7.7 × 6.8 cm (7 3/16 × 3 1/16 × 2 11/16 in.)

Credit Line

George W. Sheldon Fund

Reference Number

1924.1055

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