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Terracotta votive female figurine holding a dove; hand-made and worked with a incising tool; column-like body on a splaying base, surface showing signs of shaving with a tool; the right hand is raised in the air in a devotional gesture; the left holds a large dove at her waist; large nose, slight lip and chin, eyes not indicated; around the head is a large, plain turban, behind which falls what appears to be a mass of spreading hair, or else very large ear-caps, details indicated by parallel incisions; round the neck are two elaborate necklaces, one supporting a pendant with a projecting knob, the other extending to the navel behind the bird and supporting a cylindrical shaped pendant; pale buff clay with traces of red and black paint on the lower part of the body.

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Department: Greek & Roman Antiquities

Registration number: 1900,0903.12

Greek and Roman Antiquities catalogue number: Terracotta A136

Bibliographic reference
Kiely 2011e 1
Terracotta A136

Location:
G72/dc3

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Object types
figurine (all objects)

Materials
terracotta (scope note | all objects)
Type Series
Yon and Caubet Lapithos Workshop 1
Techniques
painted (scope note | all objects)
incised (scope note | all objects)
handmade (scope note | all objects)
Production place
Made in Cyprus, Lapithos (?) (all objects)
(Europe,Cyprus)
Place (findspot)
Excavated/Findspot Lapithos, Cave sanctuary at a locality called 'Embros Temenon' 0.5km east of Lapithos village (near) (all objects)
(Europe,Cyprus,Kyrenia (district),Lapithos)
Date
600BC-550BC
Period/Culture
Cypro-Archaic II (scope note | all objects)


Description
Terracotta votive female figurine holding a dove; hand-made and worked with a incising tool; column-like body on a splaying base, surface showing signs of shaving with a tool; the right hand is raised in the air in a devotional gesture; the left holds a large dove at her waist; large nose, slight lip and chin, eyes not indicated; around the head is a large, plain turban, behind which falls what appears to be a mass of spreading hair, or else very large ear-caps, details indicated by parallel incisions; round the neck are two elaborate necklaces, one supporting a pendant with a projecting knob, the other extending to the navel behind the bird and supporting a cylindrical shaped pendant; pale buff clay with traces of red and black paint on the lower part of the body.

Dimensions
Height: 14.2 centimetres


Curator's comments
See V. Karageorghis, The coroplastic art of ancient Cyprus V. The Cypro-Archaic period small female figurines. A. Handmade/wheelmade figurines, A.G. Leventis Foundation 1998, pp. 35-45 for a full discussion of the 'Lapithos workshop'. The cave in which the figurines were discovered may have been a sanctuary connected with a goddess connected with childbirth, though the varied attitudes of the votaries can be found in other shrines throughout the island in this period.


Subject
bird (all objects)


Acquisition date
1900

Acquisition name
Donated by Sir William Frederick Haynes Smith (biographical details | all objects)


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