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Terracotta figure of warrior carrying shield under left arm; hollow, cylindrical, wheel-made body splaying towards the bottom; handmade arm and shield; broad shoulders; right arm (originally raised to judge by the surviving stump) and head missing; no legs but these may have been added separately under the skirt-like lower body; shield is held close to the body by the surviving arm and hangs from the shoulder by a simple strap; a strip of clay on the underside may represent the handgrip; coarse buff clay with numerous inclusions with a grey core; shield is decorated with a white undercoat with a solid band of red paint and a line of black dots around the outer edge; single black dot in the centre; traces of red paint on front and back of upper body; underside of shield strap preserves traces of red paint which originally extended all over; the surviving arm of the figure painted with intersecting horizontal and vertical bands of black paint.

AN410496001001

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Department: Greek & Roman Antiquities

Registration number: 1896,0201.96

Greek and Roman Antiquities catalogue number: Terracotta A216

Bibliographic reference
Kiely 2011a 8.2
Terracotta A216
Karageorghis Coroplastic IV p. 32 & fig. 18
Murray, Smith and Walters 1900 p. 82, Tomb 8 no. 1; pp. 70-71 & fig. 111

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Object types
figure (scope note | all objects)

Materials
terracotta (scope note | all objects)
Techniques
wheel-made (scope note | all objects)
painted (scope note | all objects)
handmade (scope note | all objects)
Production place
Made in Cyprus (all objects)
(Europe,Cyprus)
Place (findspot)
Excavated/Findspot Kourion, 'Site B', tomb 8 (scope note | all objects)
(Europe,Cyprus,Limassol (district),Kourion)
Date
600BC-475BC
Period/Culture
Cypro-Archaic II (scope note | all objects)


Description
Terracotta figure of warrior carrying shield under left arm; hollow, cylindrical, wheel-made body splaying towards the bottom; handmade arm and shield; broad shoulders; right arm (originally raised to judge by the surviving stump) and head missing; no legs but these may have been added separately under the skirt-like lower body; shield is held close to the body by the surviving arm and hangs from the shoulder by a simple strap; a strip of clay on the underside may represent the handgrip; coarse buff clay with numerous inclusions with a grey core; shield is decorated with a white undercoat with a solid band of red paint and a line of black dots around the outer edge; single black dot in the centre; traces of red paint on front and back of upper body; underside of shield strap preserves traces of red paint which originally extended all over; the surviving arm of the figure painted with intersecting horizontal and vertical bands of black paint.

Dimensions
Height: 10.3 centimetres (max)


Curator's comments
See V. Karageorghis, The coroplastic art of ancient Cyprus. IV. The Cypro-Archaic period small male figures (Nicosia 1996), pp. 31-31 (esp. cat. no. 40) for examples of single figures holding shields in a non-offensive posture. See also J. Young & S. Young, Terracotta figurines from Kourion in Cyprus (Philadelphia 1955), esp. pl. 20 no. 1136. The figurine is dated to CAII by Karageorghis because of the associated juglet in this tomb which is described as WP V; the latter however probably belongs to WP IV, though this does not necessarily change the date of the figurine.


Subject
warrior (all objects)


Acquisition date
1896

Acquisition name
Excavated by Turner Bequest Excavations, Curium (biographical details | all objects)
From Turner Bequest Excavations, Curium (biographical details | all objects)
Funded by Emma Tourner Turner (bequest) (biographical details | all objects)


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