• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 1915

    Antiquities

    6 December 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 113

    A GREEK TERRACOTTA MOTHER AND CHILD

    CLASSICAL PERIOD, CIRCA 5TH CENTURY B.C.

    Price Realised  

    A GREEK TERRACOTTA MOTHER AND CHILD
    CLASSICAL PERIOD, CIRCA 5TH CENTURY B.C.
    Mold-made, standing on an integral plinth, the mother draped, a polos over her long wavy hair, holding her child seated against her left shoulder, a rattle in her right hand, the child wearing a conical hat, preserving traces of pigment over white slip, including red for the hair, the mother's feet and portions of the child's garment
    9 7/8 in. (25.1 cm.) high


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    Kourotrophoi votives, mother's carrying sons, were dedicated in temples to several mother goddesses, including Demeter as the goddess of agriculture, and Athena as the patron of young men. They may have depicted the goddesses or the human offerers. Such votives have also been found in tombs where they may represent the protection of the deity in the afterlife. For an analysis of the type and examples throughout the Greek world see p. 224ff. in Neils and Oakley, Coming of Age in Ancient Greece, Images of Childhood from the Classical Past.

    Provenance

    Damiens Collection, Paris, 1960s-1970s.
    Oger-Dumont, Paris, 6 November 2001, lot 142.