Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Vladimir Naikhin
Figurine of a drunken old woman clasping a lagynos (wine jar)
Egypt
Late Hellenistic period, 100 BCE–100 CE
Terracotta
H: 10.1; W: 5.1 cm
Gift of Laurence and Wilma Tisch, New York, purchasers of the Dayan Collection
Accession number: 82.2.301
 
 
This small figurine is a cheap imitation of a marble statue from the Hellenistic period. The old woman’s posture, considered undignified by the Greeks, hints that she was of common stock.

Publications:
Ornan, Tallay, A Man and His Land, Highlights from the Moshe Dayan Collection, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1986

Exhibition:
Drink and Be Merry. Wine and Beer in Ancient Times, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, and Jewish Museum, New York, 25/02/1999 - 22/11/2000
A Man and His Land. Highlights from the Moshe Dayan Collection, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1986

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir