Twice rescued

Фотография до реставрации Фотография после реставрации

Youth holding a cock

  • Boeotia, 2nd half of the 5th c. BC.
  • Inv. АТ 171
  • Clay, slip, paints
  • H. 35, 5 cm.
  • Conservator: L.V. Levko, 2004

Terracotta statues made of burnt clay are a significant part of Greek art. They were gifted to gods and heroes at ritual feasts, brought to shrines, and given to the dead.

Boeotia in the second half of the 5th century BC, when Greek art was influenced by the great sculptors Phidias, Myron and Polykleitos. The echo of great art is reflected in the smaller genre of clay figurines. A young man who brings a rooster as a gift to a deity stands on his right leg, his naked athletic body is full of strength and dignity. The cloak on his back, which covers his hands, smoothes out the protruding shapes. His lush hair is topped with a festive headband. The little rooster could be a gift to the underground gods Hades and Persephone, as well as to Demeter, the earth goddess and Helios, the sun god. The terracotta was covered with white slip and brightly painted: the body of the young man is red, the cloak is blue (scuffed).


Before conservation, the terracotta was covered with a thick layer of grey crust. It took a few months to remove it, and then the original surface and colours appeared. The figure was reattached to the pedestal.