Female votive holding a bird, flower, pomegranate or necklace pendant

Cypro-Archaic Period
about 525 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 422.


12 cm (4 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



A female votive carries an unidentifiable object in her right hand. She wears a Near Eastern headcloth which contains her hair as it falls down her back and Cypriot earcaps with tassles. She has a large necklace, and her right hand is raised to hold a bird, a flower, a pomegranate, or a large pendant in the center of this necklace. Her long tunic or chiton is covered by a thin himation with folds lightly expressed by incision. They follow the Archaic Ionian fashion. Traces of color remain throughout. Her naked feet are together on a small, rectangular plinth. Her left hand is at her side and holds a small, unidentifiable object.

The figure is a good, typical example of the mixed Near Eastern and Attic Ionic styles as reflected in Cypriote sculpture.

The votive is very flat and unstable and must have been propped up against a wall or a bench in a sanctuary or a tomb.

The statuette has been broken through at the neck and shoulders and again across the legs; these close, clean breaks have been reglued with no restoration. There is some incrustation on the surfaces, which have a light yellow or cream color.


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