The Phrygian cap was a soft, conical cap with its top pulled forward, associated with peoples in Eastern Europe and the Near East – Anatolia, Phrygia, and Dacia. In ancient Greek culture, the Phrygian cap came to be applied to several other non-Greek-speaking peoples, “barbarians” in the classical sense, suggesting that this figure is meant to represent a non-Greek.
A Greek Terracotta Figurine of a Seated Man
A Greek terracotta figurine of a seated man. He is depicted with his hands on his knees, and with his feet protruding from his long robe. The eyes, lips, nose, and eyebrows are emphasised by delicate paintwork, and traces of the original pigmentation – bright pink, yellow, and white colours – are visible on the figure’s body, face, and hair. The young man is shown wearing a Phrygian cap.
Condition: Fine condition; signs of ageing on the surface; original pigmentation still visible; stress crack present on the reverse.