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Terracotta figurine of a woman with a child, possibly a votary; hollow, mould-made but with a plain back; the woman is elaborately dressed: an ankle-length tunic beneath which the feet are visible; a shorter, waist-length over garment; and possibly a cloak which extends to the ground; the two ends of a tasselled stole hang in the layer between these two items; triangular face with slightly indicated features; her hair falls Egyptian-style at each side of the face, with tresses indicated by incisions; parallel ridges on the head also indicate the combed back hair; a single mass of hair at the back of the head is shown with black paint; the woman holds a large child who is clutching her chest with both hands while feeding from her left breast;  traces of red-orange paint on the clothing; smudges of black paint on the neck may show jewellery, but she is otherwise unadorned; made of fine buff clay.

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Department: Greek & Roman Antiquities

Registration number: 1900,0903.6

Greek and Roman Antiquities catalogue number: Terracotta A134

Bibliographic reference
Kiely 2011e 8
Terracotta A134
Karageorghis Coroplastic VB p. 252, cat. no. 19

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 2
Techniques
painted (scope note | all objects)
mould-made (scope note | all objects)
Production place
Made in Cyprus (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-500BC
Period/Culture
Cypro-Archaic II (scope note | all objects)


Description
Terracotta figurine of a woman with a child, possibly a votary; hollow, mould-made but with a plain back; the woman is elaborately dressed: an ankle-length tunic beneath which the feet are visible; a shorter, waist-length over garment; and possibly a cloak which extends to the ground; the two ends of a tasselled stole hang in the layer between these two items; triangular face with slightly indicated features; her hair falls Egyptian-style at each side of the face, with tresses indicated by incisions; parallel ridges on the head also indicate the combed back hair; a single mass of hair at the back of the head is shown with black paint; the woman holds a large child who is clutching her chest with both hands while feeding from her left breast; traces of red-orange paint on the clothing; smudges of black paint on the neck may show jewellery, but she is otherwise unadorned; made of fine buff clay.

Dimensions
Height: 18 centimetres


Curator's comments
See Caubet A. and Yon M. 1988, 'Un culte populaire de la Grande Déesse à Lapithos', RDAC 1988/2, pp. 1-17, esp. 6; also Fourrier S. and Queyrel A. 1998, L'art des modeleurs d'argile. Antiquités de Chypre. Coroplastique, vol. 1 (Paris), 243ff.


Subject
devotee/worshipper (all objects)
child (scope note | all objects)
fertility/sexuality (all objects)


Acquisition date
1900

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


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