Statuette of a Dancer

Object Details

Title:

Statuette of a Dancer

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

Greek (South Italian, Tarantine)

Place:

Tarentum (Taras), South Italy (Place created)

Date:

400 - 200 B.C.

Medium:

Terracotta with white slip (white lead) and polychromy (pink, light blue and turquoise, purple, violet, white)

Dimensions:

23.7 × 10.4 × 8.8 cm (9 5/16 × 4 1/8 × 3 7/16 in.)

Credit Line:

Gift of Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman

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The female dancer’s left arm draws back her himation across her left hip while her right arm holds folds of the garment in front of her petit, elongated body. She extends her left leg forward; her lowered head turns toward her left. The long chiton flows to her feet while the himation wraps softly around her body, falling from her left hand in zigzag folds; the fluttering of fabric at her feet suggests the movement of the dance. The face has delicate features with large spherical earrings, and the melon-style hairdo features a tall, round bun and a wreath decorated with ivy and two small fruits. The dancer’s ivy wreath associates her with the realm of Dionysos. Dionysian imagery played a dominant role in the Tarentine funerary iconography of the fourth and third centuries B.C.

Provenance
by 1994 - 1996

Barbara Fleischman

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and Lawrence Fleischman, American, 1925 - 1997 (New York, New York), donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1996.

Bibliography

True, Marion, and Kenneth Hamma, eds. A Passion For Antiquities. Ancient Art from the Collection of Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman. The J. Paul Getty Museum. Malibu: 1994. p. 354, cat. no. 221.

"Museum Acquisitions Between July 1, 1996, and June 30, 1998." The Report of the J. Paul Getty Trust, 1997-1998. p. 67.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Antiquities Collection. Rev. ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2010) p. 117.

Ferruzza, Maria Lucia. Ancient Terracottas from South Italy and Sicily in the J. Paul Getty Museum. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2016) no. 30, ill.