The Beauty

 

"The Beauty" is one of the best preserved ancient terracotta figures in the world. It was made in the early 3rd century BC and was found in the vicinity of Athens. In contrast to most other clay figurines, the surface of which suffered from being buried in the moist ground, it still has its original delicate colouring.

Her brown hair is gathered back into what is known as a melon hairstyle. Over her sleeveless chiton, or undergarment, she wears a gauzy, pale yellow cloak with a wide, blue border, through which her flesh-coloured arms shimmer.

The fullness of the garment does not invite fast movements, but calls instead for elegance and body control. This appropriate demeanour is demonstrated here in exemplary manner by a young bourgeois daughter of marriageable age.

Such terracotta figures were found in Greek graves in great numbers. It is not quite clear what their purpose was. Were they favourite personal items of the deceased or gifts from the bereaved?

Sep 2018

Glyptothek München

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15. Juni 2013

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