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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1883,0106.139

  • Description

    Fragmentary limestone female figure from a ring-dance group, probably a group of votaries conducting a ritual; head and arms now lost; the detailing is very schematic: plank-like body with clothing indicating with simple incisions (diagonal lines on the chest, with vertical striations on the back indicating an ankle-length tunic and a cloak). Probaly part of the same model group as GR 1883,1-6.138 (Sculpture C403).

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 350 BC-300 BC
  • Production place

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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 11.5 centimetres (max)
  • 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.

    Bibliography:
    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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  • Bibliography

    • Sculpture C406 bibliographic details
    • Vandervondelen 1994 p. 150 and pl. XLVa-b bibliographic details
  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1883

  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number

    1883,0106.139

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