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Woman Wearing a Tunic
4th?5th century

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Creator Nationality: African; North African; Egyptian
Creator Name-CRT: Egyptian
Title: Woman Wearing a Tunic
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 300
Creation End Date: 499
Creation Date: 4th?5th century
Creation Place: Probably Eshmunein
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: Plaster terracotta
Dimensions: H. 15 1/16 in. (38.3 cm), base 4 3/4 x 3 7/8 in. (12 x 9.8 cm)
Description: This terracotta statue was originally gaily painted in red, black, yellow, and white. It came from an Egyptian tomb, probably a Christian one, as the woman depicted wears a small cross. The actual modeling of the piece is very simple, as artists of this time and place preferred to directly paint on aspects such as shadows and folds of drapery, rather than model or carve them. This woman's two-piece garment has been marked out in this way: the lighter over-robe has been painted on in gray, while the heavier under-robe conforms to the generalized shape of her body, and is painted to appear embroidered. The bottom of the statue is directly attached to the base; a heavy black line is the only indication of a break or shadow.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 12.185.4
Credit Line: Gift of Maurice Nahman, 1912
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
Style or Period: Early Byzantine
AMICA ID: MMA_.12.185.4
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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