Head from a votive statue

About this object

A lifesize male head from a votive statue. The man has the typical smile of the Cypriot Archaic period statues. His eyes are of an almond shape and well defined. His beard is made of three rows of curls. He wears a wreath of leaves and flower buds. He has a line of thick curls on his forehead underneath the wreath. Part of the neck and most of the nose is broken.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • 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
    1872 before
  • Measurements
    335 mm x 225 mm
  • Note
    Droop saw this as a development from the earlier bearded heads and of more lifelike features and well developed curls and beard but commented that the head had lost all life and the artists had lost the power to do it satisfactorily, commenting this to be the weakness of the Cypriot art when political events cut the island off from direct Greek influence. Similar to Garland similar to 16.572.32 and 16.572.68.
  • Related people
    Capt Fothergill ( Collector)

Explore related


  • Handbook and Guide to the Collection of Cypriote Sculptures

    Date: 1931

Object view = Humanities
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