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Terracotta figurine of a seated female figure with infant of the Dea Gravida type; solid, made with a one-part mould, flat back; the low base is hollow; she stands frontally supporting a child with her arms; she is dressed in a long gown (feet visible but toes are schematically rendered) but her breasts are emphasised through the clothing; the fingers are crudely rendered with a series of incisions, possibly after pressing in the mould; she has a triangular face with a pointed nose; the hair is arranged in two large balls on each side of her head, probably covered with a veil. The child is rather large and grown-up looking with hands almost as large as its mother; he has a pointed, almost beard-like chin and pronounced nose and wears a long peaked cap; made of pink-buff clay.
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Height: 19.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- See Bailey 1970,37-40 for details of discovery and associated finds.
For a close parallel see Karageorghis 1999, 255 no. 26 and pl. LXVI:3 from the same findspot; also pp. 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. Examples of this type were almost certainly made at Kition, though local adaptations of the form were also developed here from an early stage. See Fourrier in Fourrier and Kiely 2012, 291 for further discussion, including references to examples found in modern excavations at Kition.
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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