Artist

Maker Unknown

Nationality

Greek-from Boeotia

Title of Work

Tanagra Female Figure

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Date of Work

Hellenistic period, c. 4th-3rd century BCE

Medium

Terracotta

Collection/Provenance

Art & Design Study Collection

Status

Displayed

Location

UND Art Collections Gallery at the Empire Arts Center

Additional Information

During the fourth century BCE, a distinctive style of terracotta figures emerged in the rural Boeotian town of Tanagra. Rather than emphasizing subjects from mythology, these sculptural works often depict real people, especially women in everyday clothing such as the figure on display. Reassembled from shards with traces of polychrome remaining, the figure wears a long flowing chiton (an ancient Greek garment secured by a belt at the waist and brooches at the shoulders) and a himation over it in the manner of a cloak. Characteristic of Hellenistic art, she is seen in action.

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