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Seated woman (Aphrodite Kourotrophos)

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Seated figure of the Kourotrophos (Nursing Woman) type. She holds a swaddled child in her lap and wears a necklace and a high polos, which could indicate that she represent Cypriot Aphrodite. The figure was probably propped up on a wall or bench in a sanctuary or a tomb. The swaddled child is...

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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.


15 cm (5 7/8 in.)

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The Ancient World