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Terracotta votive figurine of female playing a lyre; hand-made body, lower part cylindrical with splaying ends, with applied details worked with a incising tool; traces of red and black paint on surface; the lyre, with crudely rendered strings, is held in the left hand; on her middle right arm is a lump of applied clay with a pointed end, resembling a bird's beak - possibly a duck or goose; the face has a prominent nose, lips and chin and very large painted eyes; she wears a long robe splaying outwards at the feet but other garment details are painted; around the head is a large turban, 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 bulbous pendant, the other extending to the navel behind the right arm; pink-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: 1900,0903.17

Greek and Roman Antiquities catalogue number: Terracotta A141

Bibliographic reference
Kiely 2011e 6
Terracotta A141
Karageorghis Coroplastic VA p. 43, cat. no. 67; pl. XXVIII:1

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)
applied (all objects)
Production place
Made in Lapithos (?) (all objects)
(Europe,Cyprus,Kyrenia (district),Lapithos)
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 figurine of female playing a lyre; hand-made body, lower part cylindrical with splaying ends, with applied details worked with a incising tool; traces of red and black paint on surface; the lyre, with crudely rendered strings, is held in the left hand; the face has a prominent nose, lips and chin and very large painted eyes; she wears a long robe splaying outwards at the feet but other garment details are painted; around the head is a large turban, 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 bulbous pendant, the other extending to the navel behind the right arm; pink-buff clay with traces of red and black paint on the lower part of the body.

Dimensions
Height: 18.5 centimetres
Width: 10 centimetres (across chest)


Curator's comments
See Caubet and Yon 1988 for a discussion of the Lapithos workshops.


Subject
devotee/worshipper (all objects)
musician (scope note | all objects)
musical instrument (all objects)


Acquisition date
1900

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


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