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Culture:Greek; Boeotian
Title:Tanagra Figurine of Kore
Date Made:450 BCE
Materials:terracotta with traces of paint
Place Made:Greece
Measurements:10 1/2 x 2 5/8 x 2 1/2 in.; 26.67 x 6.6675 x 6.35 cm
Narrative Inscription:  unmarked
Accession Number:  SC 1990.2.11
Credit Line:Gift of Mrs. Evan M. Wilson (Leila Fosburgh, class of 1934)
Museum Collection:  Smith College Museum of Art

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standing female figure with draped garments and a large, basket-like crown with hair loose; Greek and Roman mythology; woman; goddess; religion

Label Text:
This figurine depicts the Greek goddess Kore. She wears a draped garment known as a peplos and a polos crown, suggesting her role as queen of the underworld. This sculpture was originally painted with vibrant red, yellow, and blue pigments, some of which are still faintly visible on her lips, garment, and base. The rectangular vent in the back protected the piece during firing and helps date its creation. Similar statuettes present in other museums indicate the use of a mold to cast the figure’s form. SCMA does not know the origin of this object, but it likely served a devotional purpose and may have been placed in a tomb or sanctuary.

women; mythology; archaeology

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