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Seated limestone kourotrophos

late 6th century B.C.
H.:7 1/4 x W.:3 1/4 xD.: 2 1/2 in. (18.4 x 8.3 x 6.3 cm)
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
Not on view
Statue of "nursing mother" with long veil seated on high-backed throne.

The woman occupies a seat with a partially broken back and armrests. On her knees she holds a small baby who wears a hood. Her right hand rests on the child’s knees. She wears a chiton painted red on her chest. The himation, which extends over her head like a veil, covers the arms and falls over the legs; the edge is painted red. There is a bracelet on the right wrist and a necklace at the base of the neck. The features of the round face are coarse. There are locks on the forehead under the veil.
Sanctuary of Golgoi–Ayios Photios

Cesnola, Luigi Palma di. 1885. A Descriptive Atlas of the Cesnola Collection of Cypriote Antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Vol. 1. pl. LVII.394, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 1126, p. 180, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Myres, John L. 1940-1945. "Excavations in Cyprus, 1913." Annual of the British School at Athens, 41: p. 66.

Karageorghis, Jacqueline. 1977. La grande déesse de Chypre et son culte à travers l'iconographie de l'époque néolithique au VIème s.a.C.. p. 217, Lyon: Maison de l'Orient.

Hermary, Antoine and Joan R. Mertens. 2013. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art: Stone Sculpture. no. 215, p. 177, Online Publication, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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