Category: figurine

Chalkware cat made by the Universal Statuary C…

Chalkware cat made by the Universal Statuary Corporation, 1960s.

Greek Terracotta Standing Kore, 6th-5th Centur…

Greek Terracotta Standing Kore, 6th-5th Century BC

A hollow-formed terracotta kore with modeling to the front and sides, wearing a draped robe with pleated lower section and fold across the chest and left shoulder; ribbed and banded undergarment to the chest; elaborate braided hairstyle with pellets, finely modeled face with piercings beside the neck; hands raised to the left breast with three finger rings. 23 kg, 105cm (41 ¼")

The piece displays styles of Eastern Greek workmanship, possibly from one of the Greek islands, Cyprus, or one of the Greek colonies such as Cyrenaica, and is that of a kore (pl. korai), the name given to a type of free-standing ancient Greek sculpture of the Archaic period depicting female figures, always of a young age. They show the restrained “archaic smile”, but, unlike the nude male kouroi, the korai are depicted in thick drapery, ornate, and in painted examples very colorful. They often have elaborate braided hairstyles. There are a number of theories as to whom they represent with the most popular being that of the goddess Persephone as some are shown holding a pomegranate, a fruit associated with the goddess of the Eleusinian Mysteries.

Another theory is that they represent images of wealthy patrons and were set up in temples as offerings to the gods and to be a constant presence before the deity. Korai are found in most of the ancient cities of the Greek world, with the most famous being those from the Acropolis in Athens. Although they show a similarity in form with the arms either by the side or held up and holding a votive offering, the clothes reveal regional styles and the fashions of the elite in archaic Greek society.

Greek Terracotta Standing Kore, 6th-5th Centur…

Greek Terracotta Standing Kore, 6th-5th Century BC

A hollow-formed terracotta kore with modeling to the front and sides, wearing a draped robe with pleated lower section and fold across the chest and left shoulder; ribbed and banded undergarment to the chest; elaborate braided hairstyle with pellets, finely modeled face with piercings beside the neck; hands raised to the left breast with three finger rings. 23 kg, 105cm (41 ¼")

The piece displays styles of Eastern Greek workmanship, possibly from one of the Greek islands, Cyprus, or one of the Greek colonies such as Cyrenaica, and is that of a kore (pl. korai), the name given to a type of free-standing ancient Greek sculpture of the Archaic period depicting female figures, always of a young age. They show the restrained “archaic smile”, but, unlike the nude male kouroi, the korai are depicted in thick drapery, ornate, and in painted examples very colorful. They often have elaborate braided hairstyles. There are a number of theories as to whom they represent with the most popular being that of the goddess Persephone as some are shown holding a pomegranate, a fruit associated with the goddess of the Eleusinian Mysteries.

Another theory is that they represent images of wealthy patrons and were set up in temples as offerings to the gods and to be a constant presence before the deity. Korai are found in most of the ancient cities of the Greek world, with the most famous being those from the Acropolis in Athens. Although they show a similarity in form with the arms either by the side or held up and holding a votive offering, the clothes reveal regional styles and the fashions of the elite in archaic Greek society.

Roman Marble Statuette of A Muse Holding a Kit…

Roman Marble Statuette of A Muse Holding a Kithara, 2nd Century AD

74cm (29.1 in) high

Roman Marble Statuette of A Muse Holding a Kit…

Roman Marble Statuette of A Muse Holding a Kithara, 2nd Century AD

74cm (29.1 in) high

Greek Terracotta Figure of a Woman, Boeotia, T…

Greek Terracotta Figure of a Woman, Boeotia, Tanagran, circa 3rd Century BC

Standing in a graceful attitude on a rectangular base with her right hand on her hip and holding an apple in her left hand, her left arm resting on a column, and wearing a long chiton and enveloping himation, her hair arranged in a melon coiffure with large circular chignon behind. Height 20.6 cm.

Greek Bronze Figure of Hephaistos, God of Fire, 5th-3rd Century…

Greek Bronze Figure of Hephaistos, God of Fire, 5th-3rd Century BC

Hephaistos is shown seated, nude apart from a pointed craftsman’s cap on his head. He rests with his weight on his left foot, his left arm extended to the front and once holding a pair of tongs; presumably in turn holding a piece of red hot metal, which the god is about to strike with a hammer in his raised right hand.

Hellenistic Greek Bronze Figure of an Athlete or Actor, 2nd…

Hellenistic Greek Bronze Figure of an Athlete or Actor, 2nd Century  BC

Striding with his right leg forward, and wearing a short enveloping mantle twice folded, his bearded head turned to his left, his eyes with recessed pupils. Height 15.5cm

Old Babylonian Lama Figurine, 2000-1750 BCCopper alloy figurine…

Old Babylonian Lama Figurine, 2000-1750 BC

Copper alloy figurine of a deity, probably lama, with original stone inlays.

Lama was a Sumerian name for a female protective deity. In Neo-Sumerian, Old Babylonian, Kassite and Neo-Babylonian art, lama was depicted as a woman in a long flounced robe with one or both hands raised in supplication to a major god. They were supposed to protect temples and palaces against evil and chaos. They were invoked to intercede with the gods and provide protection to those who asked for it. They often appear on cylinder seals from Mesopotamia.