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

The lady wears a long chiton, whose edge would protrude the tip of the foot of the right leg On the chiton wears a mantle, which surrounds the torso. The right arm rests on the chest holding the mantle and the left has it bent holding a tip of the mantle. Looking 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 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 motive, seated or crouched women, children or young people standing or seated and groups of whole people are the most frequent motives.


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