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Terracotta naked female figure holding an object (an offering?) to her breast, possibly a votary or goddess; solid, made in a one-part mould, back plain; the woman stands naked with her left arm along the side, and her right hand resting on her abdomen just below the breasts; rounded face with a prominent nose; a line of roughly incised curls run along her forehead with solid, thick tresses falling below the shoulders; the rest of the hair shown in black paint, including on the back of the head; she is richly jewelled: long pendant earrings, a necklace of biconical beads and a pendant around her neck and between her breasts hangs a large disc with a central boss; she also wears ear-flaps; black paint on the wrists may indicate bracelets; made of pink-buff clay with black painted decoration: horizontal stripes along the body, eyes also outlined in black, in addition to the bands on the wrists.

AN846849001001

© The Trustees of the British Museum

Department: Greek & Roman Antiquities

Registration number: 1900,0903.2

Greek and Roman Antiquities catalogue number: Terracotta A128

Bibliographic reference
Kiely 2011e 9
Terracotta A128
Karageorghis Coroplastic VB pp. 170-1, cat. 57

Location:
G72/dc3

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Object types
figurine (all objects)

Materials
terracotta (scope note | all objects)
Type Series
Caubet and Yon Workshop 3
Techniques
painted (scope note | all objects)
mould-made (scope note | all objects)
Production place
Made in Arsos (?) (all objects)
(Europe,Cyprus,Larnaka (district),Arsos)
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 naked woman holding an object (an offering?) to her breast, possibly a votary or goddess; solid, made in a one-part mould, back plain; the woman stands naked with her left arm along the side, and her right hand resting on her abdomen just below the breasts; rounded face with a prominent nose; a line of roughly incised curls run along her forehead with solid, thick tresses falling below the shoulders; the rest of the hair shown in black paint, including on the back of the head; she is richly jewelled: long pendant earrings, a necklace of biconical beads and a pendant around her neck and between her breasts hangs a large disc with a central boss; she also wears ear-flaps; black paint on the wrists may indicate bracelets; made of pink-buff clay with black painted decoration: horizontal stripes along the body, eyes also outlined in black, in addition to the bands on the wrists.

Dimensions
Height: 18.5 centimetres


Curator's comments
For an analysis of the iconography and manufacturing techniques of the Lapithos workshops based similar material in the Louvre from the same source, see: A. Caubet and M. Yon, 'Un culte populaire de la Grande Déesse à Lapithos', RDAC 1988/2, pp. 1-17; also A. Caubet, Antiquités de Chypre. Coroplastique, vol. 1 (Paris, 1998), 243ff. This example however is a product of the Arsos workshop according to J. Karageorghis.


Subject
deity (scope note | all objects)
fertility/maternity (all objects)


Acquisition date
1900

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


Exhibition History
Exhibited:

2014-2015, 27 Nov-10 May, Leiden, Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, Carthage


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