- Museum number
Terracotta figure (perhaps a toy) in the form of a woman, perhaps preparing food, articulated at waist and shoulders, resting on a rectangular panel, traces of white slip and black and red colour survive; the one wooden element (a rolling-pin) is a modern replacement.
- Production date
- 450BC (circa)
Height: 11.40 centimetres
Weight: 287 grammes
Width: 8.10 centimetres
Depth: 11.20 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Attributed to Papatislures grave 14 based on evidence from Biliotti's Kamiros diary, Kamiros tomb list, British Museum register. Description in Biliotti's Kamiros diary: Terracotta doll – bust alone – fitting in a square brick (1 entire). No marking of grave number visible on the object itself.
Attributions to find-spots are based on (1) Alfred Biliotti’s diary kept during excavations at Kamiros between November 1863 and June 1864, which records the contents of two votive deposits and over 300 graves; (2) entries in the Museum Register, often stipulating the find-spots of individual objects excavated by Biliotti; (3) the Kamiros tomb list, produced around the same time as his entries in the Museum Register. It lists the contents of each grave and votive deposit, along with their corresponding registration numbers; (4) the Kamiros index cards, written by Donald Bailey in the 1960’s. These mainly record the contents of graves from the Fikellura cemetery and are organised according to tomb group. All archives are kept in the Department of Greece and Rome. In addition, Reynold Higgins’ Catalogue of the Terracottas in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities (1954) has been checked for attributions to the Fikellura cemetery.
For a discussion of the scene and the depiction of women in Greek figural art more generally, see Lewis 2002, 67 (and fig. 2.6). Vandenabeele has compared the present item to slightly earlier examples from Phoenicia and Cyprus though notes that the head is moulded instead of hand-made; nor are the models from the Levant and Cyprus articulated in the manner of the Rhodian example (1986, 357 and pl. XXXIi:4)
Lewis, S. 2002, The Athenian woman. An iconographic sourcebook (London; New York: Routledge).
Vandenabeele, F. 1986, 'Phoenician influence on the Cypro-Archaic terracotta production and Cypriot influence abroad', in V. Karageorghis (ed.), Cyprus between the Orient and the Occident (Nicosia: Department of Antiquities), 351-360.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2010-2012 20 Oct-9 Dec, Luton, Wardown Park, Ancient Greeks
2017 13 Jul-15 Oct, Madrid, Caixa Forum, Ancient Greeks
2017-2018 23 Nov-18 Feb, Barcelona, Caixa Forum, Ancient Greeks
2018 20 Mar-24 Jun, Sevilla, Caixa Forum, Ancient Greeks
2018 24 Jul-4 Nov, Zaragoza, Caixa Forum, Ancient Greeks
2018-2019 18 Dec-31 Mar, Palma, Caixa Forum, Ancient Greeks
2021 19 Jun-7 Nov, Australia, Perth, Western Australian Museum, Ancient Greeks
2021-2022 16 Dec-1 May, Australia, Canberra, National Museum of Australia, Ancient Greeks
2022 10 Jun-06 Nov, New Zealand, Auckland, Auckland War Memorial Museum, Ancient Greeks
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number