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The girl playing knucklebones wears a crown, a chiton, which has slipped to expose her right shoulder, and a himation, the folds of which at the back have been sculpted with great care. As evidenced by many other similar figurines, she must have been throwing the knucklebones on the ground with her right hand, which has since disappeared, while holding the bag for the knucklebones (phormiskos) with her left hand. This motif of the kneeling woman was originally confused with that of the woman picking flowers. However, this work provides evidence of an evolution when compared with early examples that came out of vase-making workshops. The back of the statuette, which is worked with great care, shows that the use of the bivalve mold had been fully mastered. Modeled in the round, the figurine has lost the strictly frontal pose characteristic of the earliest work of the mid-4th century BC.
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