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Greek Tanagra Figure Of A Veiled Lady Antiquity 350 B.c.

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Seller: arteantico111 (303) 100%, Location: New York, New York, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 162294234489 GREEK TANAGRA FIGURE OF A VEILED LADY Culture: GreekPeriod: 330 B.C.Dimensions: 7-1/2" H (19 cm)Weight: 5.4 oz (154 gm) Description: Terracotta figure of a veiled woman standing, weight on her left leg, wearing chiton and himation arranged to veil her hair, her right hand clasping her himation at the neck, her left arm akimbo. Brown clay with considerable remains of white pigment. Intact. Brown felt attached to base. See a slightly larger similarly dressed and posed figure listed at Royal Athena for $12,500. Provenance: Acquired early 1900's in Greece, then to Ex. private collection, New Jersey by descent; presently private collection, New York, N.Y. 'Tanagras' are named after the site in Boeotia, central Greece, where thousands of similar figures were unearthed in the early 1870s. Figures of men, children and comic actors were also found at Tanagra, but standing female figures are the most numerous. The chief appeal of Tanagra figures lies in their exceptional artistic quality usually considered to be the finest of all Greek figurines. The ladies are normally depicted in casual poses and their clothes, which usually consist of a thinner undergarment, the chiton, worn beneath a thicker cloak or himation, are typically pulled and twisted in pleasing patterns which emphasize the form of the figure beneath. Most Tanagra figures are mould made and sometimes have a vent cut in the back to ensure even distribution of heat in the firing. After firing, the figure was coated in a white slip, often a solution of chalk or white clay, and then colors were added on top. The artists who produced these figures were known as coroplasts, literally 'modelers of girls'.

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