Greek 5th Century BC Pottery Figure of a Woman

£ 550.00

A Boeotian statuette of a woman, made of terracotta. She stands on a rectangular base, her arms at her sides, wearing a low polos and a peplos, which is open down the right side. Her hair, which is picked out in black, is parted and falls down her back. Details of the robes, peplos, lips, and the plinth have been highlighted in umber pigments. The reverse displays a large rectangular air hole in the centre.

Date: Circa 425 - 400 BC
Condition: Very fine condition: complete and intact; with decent amounts of the white slip remaining.


Traces of the original pigmentation are visible on the figure’s body and face. All Greek sculptural production was originally polychrome. Few examples of statues and statuettes have come down to modern times in their original condition with their polychromy intact. This figurine is a perfect example of how statuettes of this type used to appear in Ancient Greece.

To find out more about polychromy in ancient art, please refer to our relevant article: Polychromy in Ancient Greece.

Weight 144.00000000 g
Dimensions H 15.2 cm


Pottery and Porcelain


Reference: For similar, see Catalogue of the terracottas in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities, British Museum, by R. A. Higgins; item 813.