About this object

A small head of a female from a votive statue. Most of the facial features of the head have faded, the eyes are almond shaped and the eye brows are well arched. There is the distinct smile on the woman's face typical of the Archaic Cypriot sculpture and also found on male votive statues.The hair is arranged in long locks at the back of the head. She wears a tiara or a wreath, on the left side of which there are traces of red colour. There is a thick row of hair locks on the forehead. The female also wears earings on both her ears and a necklace. Parts of the limestone on the jaw and the face have fallen. There are traces of red colour at the back of the head.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Cyprus
  • Date made
    5th Century BC
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Captain Fothergill
  • Collector
    Captain Fothergill
  • Place collected
    Europe: Southern Europe: Cyprus
  • Date collected
    Before 1872
  • Measurements
    135 mm x 95 mm x 85 mm; 5 5/16 in x 3 3/4 in x 3 3/8 in
  • Note
    Curator's note: A similar female statuette head with less well defined ears and perhaps earlier is included in A. Hermary's catalogue of the Cesnola collections at the Metropolitan Museum of New York, catalogue, catalogue No 197, p.165.
    Droop identified this a a definite female head and compared it to life size marble figures found on the Acropolis of Athens
  • Related people
    Captain Fothergill (Collector)

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