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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.