Bronze statuette of a veiled and masked dancer, Bronze, Greek, Hellenistic, 3rd-2nd c. B.C.
This is one of my favorite pieces at the Met. It’s tucked away in a quiet back room, so there isn’t all the gawking and tourists like in the hall of statues. The drappery is just perfect; it takes your eyes (and your body) all the way around it. I always find my self circling the object many times. I love the way her head is tilted down and extended away from her body with her hand pulling the veil over her face. Her right foot points out as if stepping into a dance, while her other hand keeps her garb off the floor. It’s not even a foot tall, but the condition and metal work is outstanding. Reminds me a lot of a flamenco dancer. It has that realism and an almost harshness of Hellenistic art. I highly recommend scouting this piece out when you go!