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Boeotian terracotta figurines. To the north-east of Athens lay the city-state of Boeotia and its principal city of Thebes. Agriculturally rich, Boeotia was hostile to maritime Athens and, in the Peloponnesian War, Boeotia sided with Sparta. The Boeotians had their own artistic traditions and were especially prolific in the production of terracotta statuettes. These were mostly made for dedication at shrines. When the area allotted to them became full, the statuettes were fathered up and buried in pits.

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Boeotian terracotta figurines.  To the north-east of Athens lay the city-state of Boeotia and its principal city of Thebes.  Agriculturally rich, Boeotia was hostile to maritime Athens and, in the Peloponnesian War, Boeotia sided with Sparta.  The Boeotians had their own artistic traditions and were especially prolific in the production of terracotta statuettes.  These were mostly made for dedication at shrines.  When the area allotted to them became full, the statuettes were fathered up and buried in pits.