Exhibitions: The Fertile Goddess

Female Figurine

Female Figurine. Provenance not known; type known from Cyprus. Late Bronze Age, Late Cypriot II, circa 1450–1200 B.C.E. Terracotta, pigment, 3 x 2 x 2 in. (9.1 x 5.5 x 5.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Fred Betts, 22.12

Several different types of female figurines were made in Cyprus during the Late Bronze Age. Naturalistic examples like this one were painted on the head, face, neck, and pubic area. The flattened head probably represents a cap. Excavated examples from tombs at sites such as Enkomi suggest the figurines had a funerary or afterlife role but their appearance in settlement and ritual contexts may indicate several functions. Unlike other figurine types from this period, these are not shown carrying a child in their arms, suggesting a cultural view of late Bronze Age women unconnected with motherhood.