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

The lady wears a long chiton underneath, the tip of her left foot protrudes. On the chiton she wears a mantle, which wraps around the torso and arms and lifts diagonally from the left side of the hip to the right side above the knee. The right arm rests on the waist and the left arm of the hip to the right side above the knee. It is depicted with the head slightly tilted and with the look forward, the hair is combed in loose tufts towards the back of the head and there is collected with a bow. At the end of the 4th century B.C., a style of clay modelling was developed, known as 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. Along with the standing woman as the main motif, seated or crouched women, children, youth and groups of people are the most represented motifs.


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