About this object

A small head from a female votive statuette possibly of the type of kourotrophos ( carrying a child ). The woman's head is covered by a conical hat and sha has a thick lock of hair underneath the hat or veil on the forehead. Her face is slightly turned to the left and she has a slight smile on her thin lips. She is wearing long earings. Most of the facial features have eroded.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
  • Date made
    5th Century BC late - 4th Century BC early
  • 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
    145 mm x 75 mm
  • Note
    Curator's note : Similar to and in the hairstyle and hat. Votive statuettes of women holding children appear in large numbers in Cyprus between the 6th century BC until the beginning of the Hellenistic era. They are associated with a divine figure, possibly a goddess of later status rather than the Great Goddess of Cyprus itself and the children they hold are probably put under the protection of the divinity. A number of these type of kourotrophoi come from Idalion and a significant group from the sanctuary of Agios Photios in Golgoi.
  • Related people
    Capt Fothergill ( Collector)

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