Head from a votive statue

About this object

A male and bearded lifesize head from a votive statue. The man is wearing a diadem or a wreath and there is one row of curls on his forehead. His beard is also made out of locks of curls. Most of the facial features and the beard have significanly faded and most of the nose is broken. The almond shaped eyes and brows are well defined. The head is typical of the lifesize or smaller devotional statues wearing a chiton and the himation in the Greek manner and found in Cypriot sanctuaries from the 6th century BC. Droop dated the head to the beginning of the 5th century and noted that the viny or ivy lead could have been an indication that the head belongs to Dionysus, the God of Wine who like Hermes was always represented as a bearded man.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Cyprus
  • Date made
    6th Century BC scond half - 5th Century BC beginning
  • 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
    32.5 mm x 19 mm x 14.5 mm; 1 1/4 in x 3/4 in x 9/16 in
  • Note
    Droop characterised the rendering of the beard in rows of flat spiral curls as peculiarly Cypriote not be put down to any specific influence and hard to find parallels to it outside the island. Droop found similar treatment of the beard in and, and dated 27, 28, 29 to the beginning of the 5th century when the fashion for long hair in men had ended.
  • Related people
    Capt Fothergill ( Collector)

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