Tanagra Figurine with Book - Item #319
Each piece is custom finished. Depending on a sculpture’s texture and level of detail, the look of a patina can vary. A slight variation in color from order-to-order is to be expected.
Unless otherwise noted, our reproductions are hand-cast in plaster and reinforced with burlap, fiber strands, and/or metal rods for extra strength.
FLAT WHITE: A unified, matte white finish. This is the optimum patina for cast drawing as it allows focus on form.
WHITE PATINA: A white finish with a light ivory tone added to the top surfaces.
LIGHT ANTIQUE PLASTER: A soft mixture of whites, grays, and yellows to replicate the look of an aged plaster cast.
ANTIQUE PLASTER: A dramatic mixture of grays and yellows to replicate the look of an aged plaster cast.
BRONZE: A rich brown finish with golden highlights to replicate the look of bronze.
STONE: A mixture of lighter tones to resemble natural stone.
DARK STONE: A mixture of darker tones to resemble natural stone.
SANDSTONE: A soft base color with warm highlights to resemble the look of natural sandstone.
TERRA COTTA: A variation of warm tones to resemble terra cotta.
ASSYRIAN STONE (Applies only to item numbers 3, 4, 5, 6 and 738): A two-tone patina augmenting the shallow relief sculpture and its stone texture.
TANAGRA PATINA (Applies only to item numbers 317, 318, 319, 320, 800 and 813): A finish that replicates the colors of the Tanagra figurines as shown in the product images.
8 Inches High x 5.5 Inches Wide x 3.75 Inches Deep
The Tanagra Figurines were found in excavating the ancient City of Tanagra, from which they derive the name. The originals are of terracotta and were made using two-part molds - a mold for the front and a mold for the back. The heads and arms were often molded separately, and this technique allowed for variations of the same figure. After firing, each statuette was painted in several colors, remnants of which remain on some of the sculptures today. Tanagra Figurines feature mortal men, women, and children, but the majority are fashionable women who sometimes hold a fan, vase, or another object. Earlier terracotta statues made for tombs were of religious figures, but with the Tanagra group's introduction in the late 4th century B.C.E., the sculptures placed in tombs and infrequently in homes as decoration depicted contemporary Greeks.
Museum: National Archaeological Museum, Athens (?)
Origin: City of Tanagra, Boeotia, Greece
Time Period: Ancient Greek - Hellenistic, c. 3rd century B.C.E.
1911 Catalog ID # - 1556
Department of Greek and Roman Art. "Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History: Tanagra Figurines." The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Oct. 2004, https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/tafg/hd_tafg.htm.
"Tanagra." The Fitzwilliam Museum, https://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/collections/greeceandrome/onlinegallery/places/tanagra.