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Terracotta female figure

Period:
Cypro-Geometric II–III
Date:
ca. 950–750 B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Terracotta; wheel-made
Dimensions:
Overall: 8 1/2 x 4 3/4 x 2 3/4in. (21.6 x 12.1 x 7cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.1609
  • Description

    Whether or not they depict a divinity, figurines of the "goddess with uplifted arms" were introduced into Cyprus probably from Crete during the eleventh century B.C. The deity associated with such representations is one of fertility, later known as Astarte-Aphrodite. The image is elaborately dressed and embellished with a pendant around her neck; on her head she wore a diadem, now broken. The piece is wheel-made and hollow.

  • References

    Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 2027.

    Christou, Sandra. 2012. Sexually Ambiguous Imagery in Cyprus from the Neolithic to the Cypro-Archaic Period, BAR International, 2329. Oxford: Archaeopress, p. 52, fig. 6.5.

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