Archaic period (700–475 B.C.)
c. 500–475 B.C.
18 9/16 x 5 1/16 x 2 1/2 in. (47.2 x 12.8 x 6.4 cm)
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This serene columnar sculpture may represent a goddess or votary. Conceived frontally with a flat back, the figure holds a flower to her breast with her right hand, while grasping another object at her left side. She wears an elegantly designed headcloth and necklace of Near Eastern origin. Her almond-shaped eyes and smiling expression, however, derive from Greek Archaic sculptural traditions. This mixture of styles reflects the varied political and cultural allegiances of Cyprus during the Archaic period.