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    Limestone group of three women dancing in a circle, probably votaries performing a sacred ritual. The three plank-like bodies, facing inwards, sit on a circular base; all three lean outwards, their hands joined to form a ring; the detailing is very schematic: the incisded detail on the outside shows that they are wearing ankle-length tunics and cloaks which are pulled over the top of the head; the surviving head (two are reconstructions) have oval faces with almond-shaped eyes and slightly pointed noses.Traces of red paint on the head, neck and bodies.


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    • 350BC-300BC
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  • Findspot

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    • Height: 11.5 centimetres
  • Bibliography

    • Sculpture C395 bibliographic details
    • Vandervondelen 1994 p. 150 and pl. XLIVa bibliographic details
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    Acquisition details unclear in register, "From excavations in Cyprus".

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    Greek & Roman Antiquities

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