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Figurine of woman nursing a child (Aphrodite Kourotrophos)

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This standing figure is of the type Aphrodite Kourotrophos (Nursing Woman) and depicts a woman nursing her child. Most Aphrodite Kourotrophos figures are seated and standing examples, such as this one, are rare. A similar type with the goddess Isis nursing her son Horus is found in Egypt. A...

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By date unknown: with General Luigi Palma di Cesnola (from Cyprus); May 16, 1872: purchased by MFA from General Luigi Palma di Cesnola for $ 1,704.39 (this figure is the total price for MFA 72.1-72.473 and 72.4871-72.4900)

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Museum purchase with funds donated by subscription

Cypriote, Cypro-Archaic Period, 600–480 B.C.


Overall: 17.8 x 5.2 x 3 cm (7 x 2 1/16 x 1 3/16 in.)

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The Ancient World