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Greek Terracotta Tanagra-style standing female figure, Circa 4th Century B. C.

Conservation:  Good condition
Material:  Terracotta
Dimensions:  18 cm
Provenance:  Daaf De haan 1984 Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Acquired by Cree Holt 2005 Liverpool, UK. Julie Lemaire acquired by the previous owner in 2012 Brussels, Belgium
Documents:  Attached thermoluminiscence test (TL)


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At the end of the 4th century BC, a style of clay modelling developed in the city of the same name, known as the “Tanagra style”.
In these figures the classical composition of the body disappears. One leg is placed slightly to the side, either backwards or forwards. The arms no longer hang rigidly next to the body, as in the archaic or classical period, but lie on the belly, chest or back, or rest on the hip. They rarely carry other attributes and instead wear their arms and hands wrapped in the knob, which can also cover the head and even almost completely conceal the face.
In addition to the standing woman as the main motif, seated or crouching women, standing or seated children or young people and whole groups of people are the most frequent motifs. Often there are figures holding masks or musical instruments in their hands, grotesque figures or actors. Except for Aphrodite and Eros, gods are rather infrequent.

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