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Maiden Stepping Forward


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Description Although she moves forward, with her right foot taking a step, this woman turns her head to her left as though distracted. She grasps a fold of her voluminous mantle with both hands. White paint survives on her face and drapery, while her elaborate coiffure was painted brown. She stands on a square base that is missing one corner. This piece has a hole at the center back and a hole for the insertion of object into the left hand. Although generally referred to as Tanagra figurines after the most famous findspot, Tanagra (modern Schimatari) in Boeotia, Greece, statuettes of this type have been found at other sites in the ancient world, including Myrina and Smyrna (modern Izmir) in Asia Minor. The most common forms of the statuettes depict young women sitting, standing, or in the process of graceful movement, but there are also examples showing men or children. The statuettes were used as grave offerings, votives, decorative objects, and perhaps toys. The hair, clothing, skin, and jewelry of the pieces were originally painted, although most of the colors are presently faded.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
2/04/1960Treatmentcleaned
2/22/1988Treatmentcoated; loss compensation; repaired; other; examined for exhibition
Exhibitions
  • From Alexander to Cleopatra: Greek Art of the Hellenistic Age. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1988-1989.
Provenance Joseph Brummer, New York, [date and mode of acqusition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1924, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1927

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Period
late 4th-early 3rd century BCE (Hellenistic)
Medium
terracotta with white slip, traces of paint
(Ceramics)
Accession Number
48.289
Measurements
7 1/2 x 2 11/16 x 2 1/2 in. (19 x 6.8 x 6.3 cm)
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