Terracotta figurine of a standing female votary holding a casket
3rd–2nd century B.C.
Terracotta; mold-made and hand-made
H. 10 5/16 in. (26.2 cm)
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
The figurine is mold-made and hollow. The back is handmade, flattened, and pared. The casket she holds may be a votive gift, but figurines carrying them have also been symbolically connected with marriage and fertility.
Said to be from the temple of Artemis Paralia at Kition, Cyprus
Cesnola, Luigi Palma di. 1894. A Descriptive Atlas of the Cesnola Collection of Cypriote Antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Vol. 2. pl. XXXIX.315, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.
Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 2211, p. 357, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 445, p. 275, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Karageorghis, Vassos, Gloria Merker, and Joan R. Mertens. 2004. The Cesnola Collection: Terracottas. no. 364, CD-ROM. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.