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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Terracotta figure of an overweight naked woman. Her hair is drawn back and bound in a ribbon and she wears large earrings. Painted on her body are a necklace and flowers, perhaps representing tattoos. These tattoos may indicate that she is a foreign slave, perhaps a Thracian. The woman may be an elderly hetaira.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 350BC-290BC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 19 centimetres
    • Width: 10.1 centimetres
    • Weight: 304 grammes
  • Curator's comments

    These figures may have been intended as caricatures of naked Aphrodite figures. It has also been suggested that the woman suffers from Cushing's disease which causes fat to amalgamate around the neck and torso.

  • Bibliography

    • Terracotta 2112 bibliographic details
    • Terracotta C243 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G20/dc1

  • Exhibition history

    2014-2015, 18 Nov-31 May, Athens, Museum of Cycladic & Ancient Greek Art, Hygieia: Health, Illness and Treatment in the Ancient Greek World

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number



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