Head from a votive statuette

About this object

A small female head from a votive statuette. The woman has almond shaped and silghtly bulgy eyes without lids. The left eye has the pupil painted in red, most of the right eye is missing. Red pigment can also be seen on the thin and slighly smiling lips and the hair. The nose is broken and there is a big hacking mark on the right side of the head. The crown of the head is conical, suggestive of the hair being tied up or wrapped up in a fillet at the top back of the head. At the top of the head the hair is shaped in shallow curls while at the back the hair is in the shape of drops. The woman is wearing long looped earings on both her ears.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
  • Date made
    5th Century BC late - 4th Century BC early
  • Materials
    Pigment; Limestone
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Captain Fothergill
  • Collector
    Captain Fothergill
  • Place collected
    Europe: Southern Europe: Cyprus
  • Date collected
    1972 before
  • Measurements
    100 mm x 45 mm
  • Note
    Droop commented on the crudity of this piece and the recurring feature in Cypriot heads of the eye lids missing and compared the piece to the head of a young man on the west pediment of the temple of Zeus at Oly and dated it accordingly to the second quarter of the 5th century BC. A projecting artificial peak representing a definite hairstyle as in ,, Droop interpreted this as a link between these heads and the porcelain rhyton found in the Mycenean tomb of Enkomi.
  • Related people
    Capt Fothergill ( Collector)

Explore related


  • Handbook and Guide to the Collection of Cypriote Sculptures

    Date: 1931

  • Some Limestone Heads from Cyprus in the Liverpool Public Museums

    Droop, John Percival

    Author: Droop, John Percival
    Publisher: Liverpool University Press
    Date: 1931-03

Object view = Humanities
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