Limestone statuette of a childbirth scene

Period: Hellenistic

Date: ca. 310–30 B.C.

Culture: Cypriot

Medium: Limestone

Dimensions: H. 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm) ; W. 9 7/8 in. (25.1 cm)

Classification: Stone Sculpture

Credit Line: The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76

Accession Number: 74.51.2698


The subject of this statuette is childbirth. Here, as on the relief fragment (24.97.92) displayed nearby in this case, mother and infant are both shown, suggesting the function of this object was a votive offering of thanks. The sense of exhaustion vividly conveyed by the mother's reclining pose makes an interesting contrast to the more restrained characterization of childbirth depicted on the relief.