Boeotian female figurine

Unknown"late 6th c. BC" - ""

Museum of Cycladic Art

Museum of Cycladic Art
Athens, Greece

Boeotian terracotta figurine with a high polos (hat). It is a developed version of the standard type of plank-shaped Boeotian figurines with schematically rendered bird-like faces. On this example, the face has been made in a mould, allowing for greater precision in the rendering of facial characteristics. The figure exhibits the famous "archaic smile", which is also known from stone Archaic sculptures. The use of red colour for the decoration of the garment is another interesting feature. After the second half of the 6th c. BC there was a change in the decoration of Boeotian figurines. The plain black paint previously used for decoration was now replaced by a "polychrome" style, which involved the application of red, black, and occasionally yellow on a white ground. The figurine cannot stand without support and was probably intended specifically for funerary use.


  • Title: Boeotian female figurine
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: "late 6th c. BC" - ""
  • Provenance: Unknown
  • Physical Dimensions: h227 x d20 mm
  • Period: Archaic period
  • Culture: Greek (Boeotian)
  • Type: figurine
  • Rights: N.P. Goulandris Foundation - Museum of Cycladic Art, C. Politis Collection, no. 41, http://www.cycladic.gr/frontoffice/portal.asp?cpage=NODE&cnode=25&clang=1
  • External Link: Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens, Greece
  • Medium: clay

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