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  • Description

    Base of limestone ring-dance group; feet of one figure remain.

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    • 400 BC-300 BC
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    • Height: 2.5 centimetres (max)
    • Diameter: 7 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    See Vandervondelen 1994 for a discussion of the group of limestone ring-dancers from Achna which she suggests was made in a single workshop. This is the only criterion for datng this fragment.

    Vandervondelen M. 1994, 'Danseuses inédites du British Museum' in F. Vandenabeele and R. Laffineur (eds), Cypriote stone sculpture. Proceedings of the Second International Conference of Cypriote Studies, Brussels-Liège, 17-19 May, 1993 (Brussels-Liège), 149-52.


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    • Sculpture C408 bibliographic details
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    Greek & Roman Antiquities

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