Greek terracotta sculpture of a standing female figure, Tanagra style, 4th century B.C.

The lady wears clothes that leave her body partially naked. The fabric is lifted from her right shoulder and crosses her chest until it surrounds her waist on the left side, leaving a chest uncovered. The left arm is flexed and resting on the hip holding the fabrics, and the right arm falls next to the body. The head is tilted to the left slightly and inclined upwards. The hair is combed in loose locks towards the back of the head and there it is collected in a bun. At the end of the 4th century B.C. a style of clay modelling was developed called the "Tanagra style" because it emerged in the city of the same name. In these figures the classic composition of the body disappears. One leg is placed slightly towards the side, backwards or forwards. The arms no longer hang rigidly next to the body, as in archaic or classical times, but lie on the belly, chest or back or rest on the hip. They rarely carry other attributes and instead carry arms and hands wrapped in the controller, which can also cover the head and even almost completely hide the face. Next to the standing woman as the main motif, seated or crouched women, children or young people standing or seated and groups of whole people are the most frequent motifs There are often figures with masks or musical instruments in their hands, grotesque characters or actors. Except for Aphrodite and Eros, the gods are rather infrequent.


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