About this object

An underlife size head of a bearded male from a votive statue. The man is wearing a conical hat and has a slight smile. His eyes are almond shaped and are well defined. His nose is broken and the facial features have faded. The head is typical of the devotional statues dressed in Egyptian style and found in different archaeological sites of Cyprus. These statues date mainly in the Archaic period and are often associated with the political period of Egyptian domination in the island from around 560 BC under the political control of Amasis. They may have been made by Cypriot sculptors or others who trained on the island to fill orders by worshippers of local Egyptian gods.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion
  • Culture
    Cypriot
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Cyprus
  • Date made
    6th Century BC late
  • Materials
    Limestone
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Captain Fothergill
  • Collector
    Captain Fothergill
  • Place collected
    Europe: Southern Europe: Cyprus
  • Date collected
    1872 before
  • Measurements
    200 mm x 115 mm x 95 mm; 7 7/8 in x 4 1/2 in x 3 3/4 in
  • Note
    Curator's note: similar male votive statues with conical hats are in the catalogue of Cesnola collections of the Metropolitan Museum of New York, No 74, p.83 and catalogue No 60, p.73.
    Similar to 16.5.72.114 in the hat.
  • Related people
    Captain Fothergill (Collector)

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  • Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art

    Antoine Hermary and Joan R Mertens

    Author: Antoine Hermary and Joan R Mertens
    Publisher: Yale University Press
    Date: 2014
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  • Handbook and Guide to the Collection of Cypriote Sculptures

    Author:
    Publisher:
    Date: 1931
    Description:

  • Some Limestone Heads from Cyprus in the Liverpool Public Museums

    Droop, John Percival

    Author: Droop, John Percival
    Publisher: Liverpool University Press
    Date: March 1931
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