Cypriot Half size terracotta head from votive figure: Cypro-Archaic I-II, (750-480 BC)

Half size terracotta head from votive figure

A head from a large terracotta figure of a female votary with elaborate applied hair at the back, cut short above the neck. Applied long, double, loop earrings and earrings for piercings along the ear rim. One pellet and marks of attachment from four others remain from a necklace. The distinctive smooth facial features combined with applied decoration is similar to some pieces found in Agia Irini except that here there is no modelled hairline or headdress at the front, the latter being usual. It is unclear if there used to be. However faint paint remains on eyebrows and eyes, and might have existed on hair. Fragment, originally from a full figure. Votive figures run from mass-produced, a few centimetres high to over-life size figures made in several pieces. Some votive figures from shrines depicted gods and heroes, but most stood-in for the presence of the donor.

Size: 13.7 x 10.3 cms

(Ex. private collection, Nantes, France; acquired by inheritance. Probably purchased from the licensed dealer Nicolas Koutoulakis (1910-1996), Nikosia, prior to 1974.)

(Aquired Helios Gallery, UK)

DJ 211 (Annex 193)