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Type Male Votaries with Vegetal Wreaths and Fillets and Sculpted Votive Offerings
Title Male Votary Head with Vegetal Wreath
Excavation Unit 30
Stratigraphic Unit 3016
Context Found in the construction fill of the hard-packed floor layer associated with the Hellenistic-Roman phase of the sanctuary (EU 30/SU 3016).
Current Location Larnaka District Archaeological Museum, Cyprus
Material Limestone
Height (cm) 10.72
Width (cm) 7.15
Date 450 – 400 BCE
Thickness (cm) 8.305
Weight (kg) 0.454
Description Under- life-size head of a male votary wearing a vegetal wreath, broken at base of neck. The head is well- preserved with the exception of two long gashes on the lower right cheek. The face is roughly oval in shape, tapering to the chin. The features penetrate the stone, creating large, deep eye sockets defined sharply above the cheeks and full lips. The almond-shaped eyes are set roughly horizontally on the face, even “sagging” a little at the outer corners; in profile, they slant inward at an oblique angle, breaking the frontal plane of the face. The lids are carved in high relief, framing the large, prominent eyeballs. The large, straight nose is thin, sloping downwards from the brow with flaring nostrils. The lips present a slight smile; the upper lip is significantly thinner than the full, lower lip. The cheeks are fleshy, with a heavy jaw and somewhat narrow chin. Hair is rendered on the top by deep, parallel grooves, which radiate out from the crown to meet the wreath. The wreath includes a single row of laurel leaves attached to a band; the crown of leaves slants inwards to the center from either side, but fails to meet in the middle, leaving a gap. A second row of oblong objects below the band might represent flower buds. On the back, the hair falls to the nape of the neck in stylized locks indicated by incisions. The hair around the front of the head, beneath the wreath, is shown by two rows of curls. There are some splotches of natural black discoloration. Faint traces of red pigment are visible on the lips.
Commentary AAP-AM-2314 is a close relative of AAP-AM-2148, with the notable exception of the hair; on the former the hair is rendered as simple, stylized curls versus the more intricately carved, vertical locks on the latter. Nevertheless, the type and arrangement of the wreath, the presence of so-called “flower buds” (see discussion of similar attributes on AAP-AM-2148), as well asand the stylistic features of the face are very similar and suggest a contemporary date. Not surprisingly, given the close stylistic connections with Malloura (Counts 2011 ), the closest parallel for AAP-AM-2314 is a well-preserved head from Golgoi-Ayios Photios in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Hermary and Mertens 2015: 116, cat. no. 118). Another head, in the British Museum (C129) and purportedly from Idalion (although see the c“Curator’s comments” in the online catalogue, which suggests Athienou as a possible provenance; see also the commentary for AAP-AM-2148), presents essentially the same type and similar stylistic features, although AAP-AM-2314 is a little more angular.
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Suggested Citation

Derek Counts, Erin Averett, Kevin Garstki. (2020) "AAP-AM-2314 from Europe/Cyprus/Athienou-Malloura". In Visualizing Votive Practice: Exploring Limestone and Terracotta Sculpture from Athienou-Malloura through 3D Models. Derek B. Counts, Erin Walcek Averett, Kevin Garstki, Michael Toumazou (Ed). Released: 2020-07-28. Open Context. <> ARK (Archive):

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