A small female figurine in a cruciform shape.
Chalcolithic Figurine by Cypriot, c. 3000 BC
© Trustees of the British Museum
- Height: 8.8 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £29,626 ( Total: £65,301)
- Acquired in:
- Private vendor
The figure may be a symbol of human fertility because the sexual characteristics have been emphasised, in particular the disc-shaped breasts and full thighs. Equally, it may represent its human owner as figurines of this type have been found in grave excavations.
Cypriot dealer, Collocasides, in Nicosia, 1965; Mr Sam Josefowitz.