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Jointed Doll Holding a Tambourine

4th Century BCE
4 1/2 x 2 5/8 x 1 11/16 in. (11.4 x 6.6 x 4.3 cm)

Greek artist

Object Type: Recreational Artifact
Medium and Support: Terracotta, traces of polychromy
Credit Line: The C. Herbert Ocumpaugh Collection
Accession Number: 1928.99
Location: Currently on view
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Collection: The C. Herbert Ocumpaugh Collection

On the night before a Greek girl married, she dedicated her childhood toys and dolls to a goddess, usually Artemis, the chaste goddess of the moon and the hunt. Jointed dolls were common and were made of materials such as wood, terracotta, bone, ivory, marble and alabaster. Their bodies were covered with white or flesh-colored slip (liquid clay) and the hair was painted red or yellow.

[Gallery label text, 2004]

C. Herbert Ocumpaugh, Rochester, NY (1864-1929); his gift to the University and the Gallery in 1928

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Ocumpaugh property at 51-55 Main Street East Note from the Rochester Images project, direct url:

"The Ocumpaugh family was prominent in Rochester for many years. E. Ocumpaugh sold ready-made clothing from a shop at 71 Main Street in the 1840s. Later the "Ocumpaugh Building", occupied a space on the south side of the west end of the Main Street Bridge into which the "Y" moved in February 1876. In the mid-1920s, C. Herbert Ocumpaugh presented his collection of Egyptian and Eastern-Mediterranian antiquities to the Memorial Art Gallery."

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