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Upper part of terracotta female figure, probably a votary; hand-made body with applied and tool-worked details, and a mould-made face; body missing below the waist; her right hand is held upright with palm facing outwards, the left rests just below the breasts, bearing an indeterminate object (mostly obscured by her jewellery); she has a long face with exaggerated nose and pointed chin, a large incision separates the lips; on her head is an elaborate turban, behind which a single mass of hair falls down the back; she also wears ear-flaps which are incised with a tool; she is lavishly jewellery: long pendant earrings, a double chain choker with central disc, a large disc with pointed boss hangs between the breasts, large bracelets with incised detail on both wrists and armlets (possibly serpent-headed) further up each arm; made of buff clay with a slip or wash, faint traces of red and black painted detail.

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Department: Greek & Roman Antiquities

Registration number: 1900,0903.13

Greek and Roman Antiquities catalogue number: Terracotta A137

Bibliographic reference
Kiely 2011e 2
Terracotta A137
Karageorghis Coroplastic VA p. 40, no. 43; pl. XXV:6

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Object types
figure (scope note | all objects)

Materials
terracotta (scope note | all objects)
Techniques
slipped (scope note | all objects)
painted (scope note | all objects)
mould-made (scope note | all objects)
handmade (scope note | all objects)
Production place
Made in Cyprus, Lapithos (?) (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-550BC
Period/Culture
Cypro-Archaic II (scope note | all objects)


Description
Upper part of terracotta female figure, probably a votary; hand-made body with applied and tool-worked details, and a mould-made face; body missing below the waist; her right hand is held upright with palm facing outwards, the left rests just below the breasts, bearing an indeterminate object (mostly obscured by her jewellery); she has a long face with exaggerated nose and pointed chin, a large incision separates the lips; on her head is an elaborate turban, behind which a single mass of hair falls down the back; she also wears ear-flaps which are incised with a tool; she is lavishly jewellery: long pendant earrings, a double chain choker with central disc, a large disc with pointed boss hangs between the breasts, large bracelets with incised detail on both wrists and armlets (possibly serpent-headed) further up each arm; made of buff clay with a slip or wash, faint traces of red and black painted detail.

Dimensions
Height: 15 centimetres (max)


Curator's comments
See Caubet and Yon 1988 for a discussion of the Lapithos workshops where this piece was probably made.


Subject
devotee/worshipper (all objects)


Acquisition date
1900

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


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