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Figurine of a young woman dancing known as Danseuse Titeux Greece Circa 350 BC Terracotta Resin moulding

The dance move is suggested by the thin coat folds, outstretched between her left toe tip and her right hand, by her titled head while her left arm, bent backwards, has swung behind the fluttering fabric of the cloth.

Some ancient texts describe the custom whereby married women would wear heavy coats they sometimes used to cover their faces in modesty.  The dance moves that are clearly pictured here suggest it’s rather the representation of the steps of a ritual dance known as “veiled dance”.

 

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Danseuse Titeux