Chalcolithic Figurine by Cypriot

A small female figurine in a cruciform shape.

Details

Medium:
Limestone
Dimensions:
Height: 8.8 cm
Art Fund grant:
£29,626 ( Total: £65,301)
Acquired in:
2005
Vendor:
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.

Provenance

Cypriot dealer, Collocasides, in Nicosia, 1965; Mr Sam Josefowitz.

Venue details

British Museum Great Russell Street, LONDON London WC1B 3DG 020 7323 8299 www.britishmuseum.org

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