Graeco-Roman Terracotta Statuette


A Graeco-Roman terracotta statuette of a seated woman looking upwards to her right. She wears a traditional headdress and holds what appears to be a child in the crook of her left arm.

Date: 2nd - 1st Century BC
Period: Hellenistic Period
Condition: Fine condition; surface damage to child, light accretions.


Terracotta figurines are the most common sculpture type in Greek art. Often fairly crude in their rendering, they were clearly designed for use across all social strata, and provide insight into the everyday lives of Greeks. As a result of their low cost, they were often used for votive purposes – perhaps the ‘mother and child’ type we see here ties into offerings made in exchange for fertility and health.

To find out more about votive offerings in Classical Times please see our relevant blog post: Ancient Greek Votive Offerings in Antiquity: Gifts to the Gods.

Weight 87 g
Dimensions H 10.5 cm


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