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A Boeotian Terracotta Female "Pappades" Figurine, Archaic Period, ca. 570 - 550 BCE

GT008-PB

Hand-modelled, the flat body splaying at the hem, with short, curving, upturned arms, a tapering recess in the upper surface, wearing a flaring polos with a large projecting volute, with dark brown painted geometric details, including a circular necklace.

The color of the clay and the painted patterns (still rooted in the Geometric period) are similar to those found on 6th century BC Boeotian vases, thus placing this figurine among the sculptural production of Archaic Boeotia. It belongs to the family of pappades: flat, polos-wearing figures with mouse heads or bird beaks. These figures are most often decorated with a central volute (in imitation of Boeotian libation vessels) produced in Boeotia between 625 and 550 BC. This figurine was created at the height of this period,  (ca. 570 - 550 BCE) based on its similarity to figurines excavated at Rhitsona and in the Akraiphia necropolis (Boeotia, Greece).

Dimensions: Height: 8 1/4 inches (21 cm)

Condition: Complete, rejoined below arms with minor cosmetic retouching to the nose and top of the volute. Excellent remaining polychrome and a lovely example.

Provenance: Ex. Rhenish collection, acquired in the 1970s, thereafter private Virginia collection, acquired from Royal Athena, July 2015.


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