This unique Cypriot fertility idol depicts a mother holding a child. The actual piece is on display with several other plank-shaped figures in the Cyprus Museum in Nicosia. This type of religious idol appeared on Cyprus in the Early Bronze Age (2000 BC) and believed to be symbol of fertility and life. Some scholars think that these plank figures may be miniature versions of large wooden idols, and they may represent a blending of the religious beliefs of Anatolian settlers and the island's earlier inhabitants. These figures, are usually female, sometimes carrying an infant. Incised lines indicate clothing and jewelry, and the ears are often pierced for earrings.
This fine museum quality replica is a unique "one of a kind" ceramic reproduction made from clay originating from the same fields where the original was found to ensure the same "look and feel" as the actual piece. All paint decorations were also made replicating methods used by potters of the particular period. This is why this item is hard to distinguish from the original and requires the attached traditional lead stamp (shown as part of the description tag) that identifies it as a reproduction made by an authorized artist. Like the actual museum displays each piece is tagged with its description.
Shipped in presentation gift box.
Handmade and Imported from Greece.
Approx. 95mm (3.75 in) L x 44mm (1.75 in) W x 267mm (10.5 in) H
Base 121mm (4.75 in) L x 51mm (2 in) W x 44mm (1.75 in) H
Approx. weight 680 grams