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Cypriot Limestone Head of a Male Votary

Cypriot Limestone Head of a Male Votary


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1368809
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CYPRIOT LIMESTONE HEAD OF A MALE VOTARY

CYPRO-CLASSICAL, CIRCA LATE 5TH CENTURY B.C.

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A carved limestone head of a dedicant youth, or votary, depicted with defined features including strong cheekbones and large almond-shaped eyes. Rows of braided hair are crowned with a foliate wreath, and the corners of the mouth are upturned in a partial smile. Significant traces of red, green, and black pigment are preserved on the wreath, hair, eyes, and lips.

4 in. (10 cm.) high

Figural statues of votaries were placed in temples in supplication to deities. The foliate wreath appeared on Cypriot votary figures in the second half of the sixth century B.C. and was used throughout the Hellenistic period. This limestone head depicting a beardless male votary is carved in a style influenced by Aegean Greek models, and is both well modeled and retains an unusual amount of original pigment.

For a similar, but less well carved example see:

Antiquities, Christie’s, New York, Rockefeller Center, 13 December 2013, Sale 2755, Lot 82.
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