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Terracotta figure of indeterminate sex holding a large bird, probably a votary; hollow wheel-made body with a mould-made face and applied details (arms and animal); long cylindrical body with a splaying base, surface shaved with a tool; the figure holds the bird to their chest with the right hand; the left arm is missing but probbaly supported the rear of the creature; the votary has a triangular head with a rounded chin; sharp nose; almond-shaped defined by ridges; wig-like hair falling in a single mass on each side of the face, indicated on the back of the head with black paint; made of buff clay; part of the base, the left arm and the rear part of the bird is missing.

AN899219001001

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Department: Greek & Roman Antiquities

Registration number: 1900,0903.11

Greek and Roman Antiquities catalogue number: Terracotta A135

Bibliographic reference
Kiely 2011e 12
Terracotta A135
Karageorghis Coroplastic VA p. 59, cat. no. 14; pl. XXXVII:2

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Object types
figure (scope note | all objects)

Materials
terracotta (scope note | all objects)
Techniques
painted (scope note | all objects)
Production place
Made in Cyprus, Lapithos (?); Kition (?) (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 figure of indeterminate sex holding a large bird, probably a votary; hollow wheel-made body with a mould-made face and applied details (arms and animal); long cylindrical body with a splaying base, surface shaved with a tool; the figure holds the bird to their chest with the right hand; the left arm is missing but probbaly supported the rear of the creature; the votary has a triangular head with a rounded chin; sharp nose; almond-shaped defined by ridges; wig-like hair falling in a single mass on each side of the face, indicated on the back of the head with black paint; made of buff clay; part of the base, the left arm and the rear part of the bird is missing.

Dimensions
Height: 14.2 centimetres


Curator's comments
Karageorghis observes that the sex of this individual is unclear, but may be male in line with the majority of animal bearers (Karageorghis Coroplastic VA, p. 58).


Subject
bird (all objects)


Acquisition date
1900

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


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