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Terracotta seated female figurine of the Dea Gravida type; hollow mould-made front with a plain back; she sits on a low-back chair, with her feet on a low pedestal; her left hand rests above her swollen stomach, probably indicating pregnancy; the right hand is on the corresponding knee; she wears an ankle-length garment and shoes; U-shaped face with a passive expression; large out-sticking ears; her is hair is bound up in two large buns each side of her head, and is possibly covered with a veil, with solid tresses extending to the shoulders; made of light buff-orange clay, with possible traces of a white wash; the sides of the chair are pierced with two large rectangular holes, with a parallel incision through the body of the figurine immediately above on each side.
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Height: 20.20 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- See Bailey 1970, 37-40 and Fourrier and Kiely 2012 for details of the discovery and associated finds.
See Karageorghis 1999, 254-7 for a discussion of this type with earlier references. The 'dea gravida' type is found in the the Syro-Palestinian area from the eight century onwards, though according to Karageorghis only appears at Kition and Amathus in the sixth century BC. An earlier date in Cyprus is however possible. Examples of this type were almost certainly made at Kition, though local adaptations of the form were also developed here from an early stage (for example, ones showing the goddess pregnant and holding a child). See Fourrier (in Fourrier and Kiely 2012, 291) for further commentsm including on examples from modern excavations.
Karageorghis J. 1999, The coroplastic art of ancient Cyprus. V. The Cypro-Archaic period. Small female figurines. B. Figurines moulées (Nicosia).
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- Greek and Roman
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