Cypriot; Said to be from NicosiaAyia Paraskevi
Terracotta; H. 8 1/8 in. (20.8 cm)
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76 (74.51.1542)
This standing nude female figurine with arms bent and hands resting against the stomach is typical of coroplastic art of the Late Cypriot II and III periods. Characteristically, it has a birdlike face, large nose, and large pierced ears with earrings in clay. The pubic triangle is accentuated and the breasts are clearly shown, perhaps indicating that it is a fertility goddess. In this particular instance, the goddess is holding an infant. This type of figurine may be Syrian in origin; Cypriot sculptors, during this period, adopted the type and created their own variation.