Greek terracotta sculpture depicting a standing female figure, 4th century B.C.

The lady wears a long chiton, the tips of her feet protruding from the edge of the chiton. On the chiton she wears a mantle, which covers head, torso and arms and whose folds make a game of visual zigzag diagonals, from the head to the right arm, from this to the left arm until hanging at the height of the knees. The right arm rests on the chest holding the mantle and the left arm lets it fall wrapped by it. At the end of the 4th century B.C., a style was developed in the art of modelling clay called "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.


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