Work scene: selling cakes

Work scene: selling cakes
490[a C]-480[a C]. Pélice. Ática (Greece) © Museo Arqueológico Nacional

Work scene: selling cakes

Urban women from the popular classes have contributed to the family economy carrying out domestic tasks such as small-scale selling on street stalls, offering products which they make themselves, both foodstuffs and crafts, something they share with rural women.

The woman represented in the picture is a worker, as is confirmed by the fact that she isn’t wearing her mantle over her shoulder like a distinguished lady, but rather round her waist, as her hands must be free to offer her wares, which have been interpreted as cakes. The basket at her feet, covered with a cloth, is used to carry the goods she sells.