Figurine of woman nursing a child (Aphrodite Kourotrophos)
Overall: 17.8 x 5.2 x 3 cm (7 x 2 1/16 x 1 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
This standing figure is of the type Aphrodite Kourotrophos (Nursing Woman) and depicts a woman nursing her child. Most Aphrodite Kourotrophos figures are seated and standing examples, such as this one, are rare. A similar type with the goddess Isis nursing her son Horus is found in Egypt. A strong Egyptianizing style is seen here in the hair and face. This could be an image of Cypriot Aphrodite as kourotrophos, which adopts the Phoenician-Egyptianizing kourotrophos type.
The figure is very flat and was probably propped up against a wall or bench in a sanctuary.
The figure bears no trace of color.
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)
Museum purchase with funds donated by subscription