Head from a votive statuette

About this object

A small male head from a votive statuette. Much of the facial features have faded. The man is wearing a distinct hat or helmet with a conical top of an Egyptian type and he has a triangular jaw.The eyes appear to have been very bulgy. There are holes on the face and most of mouth is missing. Droop uses Myres description of the helmet in great detail, from Myres, Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus: '' it consists of a cap of flexible leather reinforced by external frame of metalwork and running up to a peak, sometimes flexible, sometimes replaced by an ornamental knob. The leather panels were sometimes quilted or embroidered. On either side are ear flaps or cheek pieces, of the same construction designed to be tied under the chin but generally raised and secured by their chin straps on top of the helmet.''

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Cyprus
  • Date made
    7th Century BC end
  • Materials
  • 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
    185 mm x 105 mm x 100 mm; 7 5/16 in x 4 1/8 in x 3 15/16 in
  • Note
    Curator's note: similar examples of male statuettes with conical hats can be found in the British Museum's Cypriot collections that were purchased from Sir Richard Hamilton Lang who excavated at Idalon and Phyla in Cyprus. See for example British Museum's 1873.0320.29 In Droop's catalogue of the Cypriot Sculptures in the Public Museums Liverpool this is referred as one of the earliest examples in the collection.
  • Related people
    Captain Fothergill ( Collector)

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  • Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art

    Edmondson, John; Bienkowski, Piotr

    Author: Edmondson, John; Bienkowski, Piotr
    Publisher: Yale University Press
    Date: 2014

  • Handbook and Guide to the Collection of Cypriote Sculptures

    Date: 1931

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