Statuette of a cook, left side view

Statuette of a cook, frontal view

Collection: Paris, Musée du Louvre
Title: Statuette of a cook
Context: From Tanagra
Findspot: Said to be found at Tanagra
Summary: A woman stirring a pot, accompanied by her dog
Material: Terracotta
Sculpture Type: Free-standing statue
Category: Single monument
Style: Late Archaic
Technique: In-the-round
Original or Copy: Original
Date: ca. 525 BC - ca. 500 BC
Dimensions: H. 0.09 m; W. 0.09 m
Scale: Miniature
Region: Boeotia
Period: Late Archaic

Subject Description: A woman, wearing a chiton and a taenia, with her hair piled on top of her head, sits on a low stool in front of a large, two-handled cooking pot, over a hearth. She stirs the contents of the pot with a large implement held in her left hand. To her right is seated a small yellow dog, in front of a round plate.

Condition: Intact

Condition Description: The statuette is slightly chipped on the base; some white slip and color has flaked off.

Material Description: Light brown terracotta

Technique Description: All but the mold-made head are modeled by hand.

Collection History: Acquired by the Louvre in 1895.

Sources Used: Mollard-Besques 1954, 20-21, cat. B 118 (with previous bibliography), pl. 15