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The world of Greek clay figures

For centuries, in ancient Greece and beyond, figurines were made of fired clay. For a long time, the clay figures were considered cheap mass-produced goods without much significance due to the material and size. At the same time, the colorfully painted figures seem almost taken from life.

Sogenannte Aphrodite Heyl
Sogenannte Aphrodite Heyl © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Antikensammlung / Johannes Laurentius

Today, however, it is clear that they always had an important function in ancient everyday life. The exhibition "Class and Mass" of the Collection of Classical Antiquities in the Altes Museum focuses on the contexts in which clay figures were used, thus opening up new perspectives on this often underestimated medium.

In antiquity, clay was one of the most changeable and easily worked materials. To this day, the figures made from it fascinate with their often still preserved bright colors and the richness of detail in their depiction.

Between mass-produced goods and masterpieces

The Berlin Collection of Classical Antiquities contains a large number of very simply designed terracottas. With the help of molds, they could be copied or varied cheaply and easily and were therefore affordable even for the common people. But clay figures were also popular among the social elite, as the so-called Aphrodite Heyl, a true masterpiece of ancient craftsmanship, impressively demonstrates.

Diverse form - diverse functions?

From myth to bread baking, a wide variety of subjects were captured in clay. Terracottas were found in many areas of private and public life: in the household, in the sanctuary and also in the grave. The function and meaning of the clay figures in these contexts is still being intensively researched today. Since most of the objects in the museum come from the art trade and their exact location is often unknown, they have long been excluded from these discussions.

The world of Greek clay figures

Exemplarily, the exhibition presents the different contexts in which the clay figures were used. Within a broad temporal and geographical framework, visitors can experience the diversity of ancient terracottas. In addition, questions about the production and reception of this real "mass medium" of antiquity will be illuminated.

A special exhibition of the Collection of Classical Antiquities of the National Museums in Berlin in the Altes Museum.

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