Fertility Idol Plaque
Reproduction patinated by hand on wood base. Mold made from an imprint of the original work.
Anonymous, (circa 2100-2000 B.C.)
Early Bronze III or Middle Bronze I - Cyprus
This figurine has a rectangular body and is decorated with necklaces. It is one of a series that is known to belong to the above-mentioned civilization.
The arms and facial features are stylized by engraved furrows ending in cupules.
The ears are treated as pierced projections.
These figurines used to be placed in tombs and should be interpreted as a female symbol of fertility.
Their shape and decoration indicate that they might be miniature reproductions of wooden cult statues that were placed in sanctuaries.
Given their size and shape, they might also have been worn by women as pendants.