Seated woman (Aphrodite Kourotrophos)

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


Dimensions

15 cm (5 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

72.159

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Seated figure of the Kourotrophos (Nursing Woman) type. She holds a swaddled child in her lap and wears a necklace and a high polos, which could indicate that she represent Cypriot Aphrodite. The figure was probably propped up on a wall or bench in a sanctuary or a tomb.

The swaddled child is worn. 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