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Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Cypriot
Creator Name-CRT: Cypriot
Title: Nude female with birdlike face holding an infant
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 0
Creation End Date: 2
Creation Date: ca. 1450?1200 B.C.
Creation Place: Said to be from Nicosia?Ayia Paraskevi
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: terracotta
Dimensions: H. 8 1/8 in. (20.8 cm)
Description: This standing nude female figurine with arms bent and hands resting against the stomach is typical of coroplastic art of the Late Cypriot II and III periods. Characteristically, it has a birdlike face, large nose, and large pierced ears with earrings in clay. The pubic triangle is accentuated and the breasts are clearly shown, perhaps indicating that it is a fertility goddess. In this particular instance, the goddess is holding an infant. This type of figurine may be Syrian in origin; Cypriot sculptors, during this period, adopted the type and created their own variation .
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 74.51.1542
Credit Line: The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874-76
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art . All rights reserved.
Style or Period: Base-Ring Ware
Style or Period: Late Cypriot II
AMICA ID: MMA_.74.51.1542
AMICA Library Year: 2002
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Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved
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