Figurines from the Roman period
Mold-cast terracotta, in ‘Tanagra’-style.
The Greek ‘Tanagra figurines’ were produced from the later fourth century BC, primarily in the Boeotian town of Tanagra (north of Athens). They were coated with a liquid white slip before firing and were sometimes painted afterwards in naturalistic tints with watercolors. These figurines were exported to distant markets. In addition, such figures were made in many other Mediterranean sites, including Alexandria, Tarentum (South Italy), Centuripe (Sicily) and Myrina in Mysia (northwest Asia Minor).
Tanagra figures depict real women — and some men and boys — in everyday costume, with familiar accessories like hats, wreaths or fans. Others continued an earlier tradition of molded terracotta figures used as cult images or votive objects. Typically they are about 10 to 20 centimetres high.
Correspondent: J.M.Criel, Antwerpen.
Sources: Wikipedia & Provincial Museum of Aydın.