Standing figurine of Cypriot Aphrodite-Astarte

Cypriote
Cypro-Archaic Period
late 7th century B.C.


Dimensions

Overall: 11.4 x 3.8 x 2.9 cm (4 1/2 x 1 1/2 x 1 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

72.155

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

A Cypriot mold-made figurine of Aphrodite-Astarte fuses iconographic and stylistic features associated with Phoenicia and Cyprus. Her nudity, swollen belly and breast-holding derive from Phoenicia and she wears so-called Cypriot ear caps. She wears an elaborate necklace and hairstyle. The figure bears no trace of color. Its 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