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Lead votive figurine

Date:
7th–5th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Laconian
Medium:
Lead
Dimensions:
Height: 1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm)
Classification:
Miscellaneous-Lead
Credit Line:
Gift of A. J. B. Wace, 1924
Accession Number:
24.195.6
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 152
Small flat votive figurines of cast lead have been found in great quantities at the ancient sanctuaries of Laconia; over one hundred thousand, dating from the seventh century B.C. to the Classical period, were dedicated to the goddess Artemis Orthia in Sparta.
Excavated at the sanctuary of Artemis Orthia, Sparta

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1925. "Votive Gifts to Artemis Orthia." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 20(6): p. 157.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. p. 34, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

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