Terracotta Sculpture of Greek Woman Grinding Wheat

Terracotta Sculpture of Greek Woman Grinding Wheat

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source: Wikimedia Commons
author: Marie-Lan Nguyen
Description

A photograph shows a small terracotta figurine depicting a Greek woman. She is standing in front of a large basin, using a fairly large stone to grind wheat or barley into flour.


Date

Artifact: c. 450 BC

Photo: 2007


Information

This 5th century BC figurine provides a glimpse into food preparation in ancient Greece. Here, a woman grinds wheat or barley, likely to make bread or kykeon (a kind of gruel).

At the time of photograph, this figurine was housed in the British Museum in London.


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Bibliography

Wilson, N. G. (2005). Encyclopedia of ancient Greece. New York: Routledge.

Dalby, A. (2016). Siren feasts: A history of food and gastronomy in Greece. London: Routledge.

Voutsaki, S., & Valamoti, S. M. (2013). Diet, economy and society in the ancient Greek world. Peeters Bvba.