Goddess or Maiden

Greek675-650 BC (Orientalizing)

The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum

This unique and beautifully preserved figurine was one of the first Greek experiments in casting the female form in bronze. She may have been a votive offering, possibly to the goddess Artemis. The simple facial features, horizontal layers of hair, awkward proportions, and solid form date this statuette to early in the Orientalizing period.

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  • Title: Goddess or Maiden
  • Date Created: 675-650 BC (Orientalizing)
  • Physical Dimensions: w5.4 x h18.2 x d6 cm
  • Type: figurines
  • Rights: Acquired by Henry Walters, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/
  • External Link: The Walters Art Museum
  • Medium: bronze
  • Provenance: Tyskiewicz Collection [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Tyskiewicz Collection Sale, 1898, no. 134; Dikran Kelekian, New York and Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
  • Place of Discovery: Boetia, Greece (?)
  • ExhibitionHistory: Men and Gods from Ancient Greece. Palais des beaux-arts (Brussels, Belgium), Brussels. 1982; The Gods Delight: The Human Figure in Classical Bronze. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland. 1988-1989; Highlights from the Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998-2001
  • Artist: Greek


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