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Clay figure of woman with child.
The upper part of a seated figure of a woman, lost below the knees, fully draped in a sleeved chiton, holding a large naked male child on her lap, her left arm supporting his head and shoulder, her right hand touching his face, her index finger to his mouth. She has a melon hairstyle of Severan fashion, pulled back into a circular coil at the back; the pendants of her ball-and-pendent earrings have flaked away. The child has a lowered left hand, but rests his right hand on the woman’s thigh: he appears to be holding a ring-shaped object. There is summary treatment of the drapery and of the hair at the back.
Hollow; two-piece mould. Micaceous orange-brown Nile silt with a grey-brown core; the surface has a matt red slip.
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Height: 11.40 centimetres (max)
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- BM Terracotta IV
Dunand 1990: no. 37 suggests the object jheld by the child is a patera.
Comparanda. Close: Breccia 1934: no. 42, with a plinth supporting, on the right-hand side of the mother, another child, seated on the ground, with an oven between; Dunand 1990: no. 377, dated third century ad, with an oven and a pot by the mother’s right side, but no second child; Kaufmann 1913: fig. 105:3 seems to be complete with only the mother and child. Although ours is broken, and could be like any of the above three, I suspect it is similar to the Kaufmann example. Near, with oven and pot: Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, no. 1872.1031, acquired by the vendor in the Fayum; Perdrizet 1921: no. 54, from the Fayum: it is suggested that the mother is examining the child for teeth.
Bibliog. Christie’s Sale Catalogue, 16 July 1986: lot 257; Vassilika 1992: 271, no. 49; Cook 1995: 228.
- Not on display
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- Greek and Roman
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