Female votive figurine

Cypro-Archaic or Cypro-Classical Period
5th century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 434.


Height: 16.8 cm (6 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



The figure wears a long garment, a chiton, with elaborately represented creases, an Archaic himation above this, a necklace, and a tight-fitting headdress, akin to a cap. The right hand holds an offering, a flower or a pomegranate, or perhaps a bird. The back, as is invariably the case with these statuettes, has been finished off in a flat plane with slight curves at the outer edges.

The votive, typical of those dedicated to Cypriot Aphrodite, may come from Golgoi, Idalion or Amathous, where similar votives were deposited in the sancutary of Aphrodite Kypria.

The statuette is in excellent condition, having a light brown, very slightly crusty patina.


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