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Terracotta votive female figurine holding a dish of cakes; hand-made body, lower part cylindrical with splaying ends, with applied details worked with a incising tool; traces of red, green and black paint; the left hand is raised in the air in a devotional gesture; the right bears an oval dish with cakes, made from small pellets of clay, now damaged; large nose, slight lip and chin, very large painted eyes; she wears a long robe splaying outwards at the feet; over the left shoulder is a long mantle with a long red band which falls to below the waist; around the head is a large turban or head-dress, behind which falls what appears to be a mass of spreading hair, or else very large ear-caps, with details indicated by parallel incisions; from her neck hang two elaborate necklaces, one supporting a large circular pendant with a central knob, the other extending to the navel behind the mantle; pink-buff clay with traces of red and black paint on the lower part of the body.

AN337577001001

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Department: Greek & Roman Antiquities

Registration number: 1900,0903.16

Greek and Roman Antiquities catalogue number: Terracotta A140

Bibliographic reference
Kiely 2011e 5
Terracotta A140

Location:
G72/dc3

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Object types
votive figure (scope note | all objects)
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 Lapethos (all objects)
(Europe,Cyprus,Kyrenia (district),Lapethus)
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 dish of cakes; hand-made body, lower part cylindrical with splaying ends, with applied details worked with a incising tool; traces of red, green and black paint; the left hand is raised in the air in a devotional gesture; the right bears an oval dish with cakes, made from small pellets of clay, now damaged; large nose, slight lip and chin, very large painted eyes; she wears a long robe splaying outwards at the feet; over the left shoulder is a long mantle with a long red band which falls to below the waist; around the head is a large turban or head-dress, behind which falls what appears to be a mass of spreading hair, or else very large ear-caps, with details indicated by parallel incisions; from her neck hang two elaborate necklaces, one supporting a large circular pendant with a central knob, the other extending to the navel behind the mantle; pink-buff clay with traces of red and black paint on the lower part of the body.

Dimensions
Height: 20.5 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
devotee/worshipper (all objects)
food/drink (all objects)


Acquisition date
1900

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


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