Figurine of woman nursing a child (Aphrodite Kourotrophos)

Cypriote
Cypro-Archaic Period
600–480 B.C.


Dimensions

Overall: 17.8 x 5.2 x 3 cm (7 x 2 1/16 x 1 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

72.158

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

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.

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