Female votive figurine

Cypro-Archaic Period
about 550 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Naukratis, Temple of Aphrodite

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 412.


18.5 cm (7 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



This votive is of the Ionian-Cypriot type and wears a long tunic with five vertical folds or creases indicated in front. Her left arm is lowered and holds the folds of her dress, and her right hand, raised across her chest, holds an elongated bird. Her feet were posed together and frontally, and she stood on a small, rectangular plinth.

The headless figure has been broken into two pieces, and the surfaces are damaged, particularly at the back. The hem of her mantle bears traces of red paint.


From Naukratis, Temple of Aphrodite. 1886-7: excavated by William Matthew Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund, assigned to the EEF by the Egyptian government; December 22, 1887, presented to the MFA by the EEF. (Accession date: 1888).

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription