Fragment of a head from a votive statue

About this object

Part of a lifesize head of a male and bearded votive statue. The man has the faded smile typical of the Cypriot votive sculpture of the Archaic period. His eyes are bulgy and almond shaped and the eye brows are in a low arch close to the eyes. He wears a wreath which has severely faded with a line of hair underneath the wreath on his forehead. The hair of the beard are in thick spiral curls. The back and most of the crown of the head are missing.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
  • Date made
    6th Century BC late - 5th Century BC early
  • Materials
  • Location
    Juniper Street, 1.05M (unit E2 mezzanine), Rack C
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Captain Fothergill
  • Collector
    Captain Fothergill
  • Place collected
    Europe: Southern Europe: Cyprus
  • Date collected
    872 before
  • Measurements
    230 mm x 200 mm
  • Note
    Droop noted this an example of puzzling nature of Cypriote sculpture in that the bulding eyes and cheeks reproduce the features of early models and compared it to the smiling monster Blue Beard of the the Attic 6th century pediment noting that the model for that one was Assyrian. Droop commented that certain details such as the sinking of the eye, the treatment of the eyelids compare well with and together with the elaborate treatment of the curls suggest that the artists was more of the 5th century BC.
  • Related people
    Capt Fothergill ( Collector)

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  • Handbook and Guide to the Collection of Cypriote Sculptures

    Date: 1931

Object view = Humanities
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