Skip to Content

To best protect the health and safety of our community, the museum is temporarily closed. Learn more.

Statuette of a Woman

A work made of terracotta, polychromy.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

Image actions

  • A work made of terracotta, polychromy.


about 450 BCE


Greek; Boeotia

About this artwork

Industrious workshops in Boeotia produced thousands of mold-made terracotta statuettes for religious, decorative, and funerary use for several centuries. This engaging statuette represents a woman whose down-turned eyes and pursed lips lend her a dejected air. Her hair is drawn up on the crown of her head and wrapped in a length of patterned cloth. She is clothed in a full-length, sleeveless dress and adorned with a necklace with seven pendants and a pair of bracelets on each arm. Remarkable for the preservation of its bold red, vivid yellow, and black coloration, this figurine reminds viewers that many ancient sculptures were once brightly painted.

On View

Ancient and Byzantine Art, Gallery 151


Ancient Greek


Statuette of a Woman


450 BC


terracotta, polychromy


27.6 × 8.3 × 6.4 cm (10 7/8 × 3 1/4 × 2 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Katherine K. Adler Memorial Fund

Reference Number


Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email . Information about image downloads and licensing is available here.


Sign up for our enewsletter to receive updates.

Learn more

Image actions