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Seated Woman Nursing Child
Seated Woman Nursing Child
Date:
3th century BC
Location:
Not on display
Century:
Media:
Terracotta With Traces Of Polychrome
Dimensions:
7 3/4 x 3 (19.7 x 7.6 cm)
Department:
Object Type:
Country:
Continent:
Europe
Culture/People:
South Italian
Accession Number:
55118
Acquisition Date:
1936-07-16
Credit Line:

Museum purchase, M.H. de Young Endowment Fund

This female figure seated frontally and breastfeeding a child belongs to a type known as a “kourotrophos” (child nurturer). Shown seated on a diphros (a high stool without a back), she is wearing large earrings, her drapery coming down to her feet, and expressing milk from her left breast to a naked child. These terracotta statuettes attempt to depict naturalism—here the affection between woman and child—and are also represented as common characters in New Comedy.

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Female Bust
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Kantharos
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Bolsal (Cup)
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Relief probably from a funnel vase
Relief probably from a funnel vase (late 3rd century BC to early 2nd century BC)