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Fragmentary terracotta female figure wearing turban and bulla and holding animal in left arm, probably a votary; hand-made with applied details; the body is missing below the waist but originally stood on solid columnar base; the right arm is missing, while in her left she holds a large elongated animal with a pointed head, possibly a bird; the digits on the surviving hand are rendered as simple incisions; rounded face with a very prominent chin and nose, red painted lips and eyes fringed in black; on her head is a large turban-like headdress; she also wears elaborate ear-flaps with incised details; around the neck is a double chain or links (or possible sea-shells) supporting a large disc close to the throat; around the neck is another chain, incised, originally supporting a disc pendant between the breasts (partly broken away); made of thick, but fine clay with black and painted decoration.

AN899229001001

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Department: Greek & Roman Antiquities

Registration number: 1900,0903.14

Greek and Roman Antiquities catalogue number: Terracotta A138

Bibliographic reference
Kiely 2011e 3
Terracotta A138
Karageorghis Coroplastic VA p. 40, cat. no. 39; pl. XXV:2

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Object types
figure (scope note | all objects)

Materials
terracotta (scope note | all objects)
Type Series
Yon and Caubet Lapithos Workshop 1
Techniques
painted (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
Fragmentary terracotta female figure wearing turban and bulla and holding animal in left arm, probably a votary; hand-made with applied details; the body is missing below the waist but originally stood on solid columnar base; the right arm is missing, while in her left she holds a large elongated animal with a pointed head, possibly a bird; the digits on the surviving hand are rendered as simple incisions; rounded face with a very prominent chin and nose, red painted lips and eyes fringed in black; on her head is a large turban-like headdress; she also wears elaborate ear-flaps with incised details; around the neck is a double chain or links (or possible sea-shells) supporting a large disc close to the throat; around the neck is another chain, incised, originally supporting a disc pendant between the breasts (partly broken away); made of thick, but fine clay with black and painted decoration.

Dimensions
Height: 14.3 centimetres (max)


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.


Subject
devotee/worshipper (all objects)
bird (all objects)


Acquisition date
1900

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


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