Figurine of a goddess or woman

Cypriote
Bronze Age, Late Cypriote II Period
1450–1200 B.C.


Dimensions

Overall: 10.8 x 3.8 x 2.9 cm (4 1/4 x 1 1/2 x 1 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

72.154

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

This type of figurine, decorated with stripes in the style of Cypriot “Base-ring” ware, is among the earliest images that were mass produced in Cyprus. It is thought to represent an indigenous fertility deity often known as the Great Goddess. The figure holds her breasts in her hands, in the manner of Ancient Near Eastern fertility goddesses, and her pubic area is embellished with incied lines and paint, which also encircle the neck and shoulders. The feet are missing.

Provenance

By date unknown: with General Luigi Palma di Cesnola (from Cyprus); May 16, 1872: purchased by MFA from General Luigi Palma di Cesnola for
$ 1,704.39 (this figure is the total price for MFA 72.1-72.473 and 72.4871-72.4900)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by subscription