Female votive statuette holding a dove

Cypro-Archaic Period
about 575 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Naukratis, Temple of Aphrodite

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 411.


Overall: 22.5 x 24.5 x 11.5 cm (8 7/8 x 9 5/8 x 4 1/2 in.) Other (Height with pin): 26.3 cm (10 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



The lady (priestess, or even Aphrodite herself?) has three groups of braided tresses falling on her shoulders either side of her neck. There are also the ends of five braids on the back of the body, at the shouders. Her jewelry comprises a choker with a pin or stone pendant in the center and a necklace of beads with a pendant also in the center, aligned directly below the “tassels” of the choker. She wore a long garment and a mantle around her upper body, its folds being visible under the right arm. Her left arm was at her side. Her right hand holds a dove, an offering to Aphrodite, against her mantle below the breasts.

This type of votive is also found in Cypriot sanctuaries of Aphrodite.

The fragment is broken across the neck and through the body; part of the left arm is also missing.


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