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161-162. 16 CorinthXIII, p. 271, grave 420; p. 282, grave 453; pp. 292-293, grave 496; on the possible unreliabilityof some of the dates of these graves, see Corinth XVIII, i, p. 3. C. C. C. 20 Occasionally, a grave group found elsewhere with imported Corinthian figurines will provide a datable context. 22 When these chronological resources fail, stylistic or iconographic relationships can sometimes be established with sculpture, particularly votive reliefs, or occasionally with vase painting, to date approximately the archetype of a figurine.
Most Corinthian figurines were not fired very hard, with the exception of fabrics 3 and 4, which have the thinnest walls. Many Corinthian figurines, when touched, leave a slight powdery deposit on the hands. This softness may be, in part, the cause of the blurred modeling seen in so many Corinthian figurines; that is, the blurring may have been caused as much by surface wear during the figurines' period of use and burial as by the use of dull molds. 42 To avoid unnecessary repetition in the catalogue, the different fabrics will be referred to there by number, and a full description given only in this chapter.
Largerfigurines,still held comfortablyin the hand, up to ca. 25 in height. 4. Small statuettes, up to ca. 50 in height. , the Classical seated peplophoros C93 and the Hellenistic head H431). 5. 50 in height. Because the largestpieces are so fragmentary, the upper end of this size range cannot be determined precisely. 38 Thus, although five fabrics have been visually distinguished and described below, it is probable that all these derived from a very few clay beds, the visual variants being the result of differenthandling and firingof the clay by many hands over a period of time.