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Ancient Cypriot Terracotta Head Of A Votary / Worshipper - 650 BC

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Seller: artancientltd (9,489) 99.4%, Location: Huntingdon, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 201332001563 Material: Terracotta, Original or Reproduction: Original, Genuine or Reproduction: Genuine, Culture: Cypriot, Period: Cypro-Archaic, Type: Votive Statue, Origin: Cyprus, Details: An ancient Cypriot terracotta head of a worshipper, dating to the Cypro-Archaic I – II period, 650-600 BC. This head of an ancient worshipper was once part of a large-scale terracotta statue of a male figure, likely a warrior. He is shown with a strong jawline, prominent nose and small mouth. Wearing an elaborate helmet with a tassel running down to the nape of the neck, his long hair reaching below, the ears adorned with thick earrings. There is something mesmerising about this figure. Perhaps it is the ghostly suggestion of the eyes that don’t quite allow us to read the expression, or the muted mouth which gives nothing away. What is overwhelming though is the sense of a truly alien appearance; he communicates to us that the past is a foreign land. In ancient Cyprus, large figures of this style were deposited as gifts to unknown gods, perhaps to win favour or in thanks. This is a fascinating example. Though small-scale Cypriot terracottas are relatively common on the market, larger, wheel-made examples such as this are much rarer. Similar examples have been found in Agia Irini.Please note; this piece has been thermoluminescence tested by Oxford Authentication and is scientifically confirmed to be ancient, the new buyer will receive all relevant paperwork.Height: 4 inches. Condition: Excellent, fragmentary as shown and otherwise unrestored. The back marked in pencil with the word “Lapithos”, a town in northern Cyprus which is the likely find site. An inventory number reading “13” is also present. Provenance: Formerly in the collection of Mr. M. O'Hara (the full name and a picture of Mr. O'Hara will be provided to the new purchaser upon request). Mr. O'Hara was a prominent numismatist, author and collector. ArtAncient purchased the entire collection directly from his heirs and is now honoured to present these items to the market after nearly 35 years. Authenticity All items are unconditionally guaranteed to be Authentic as described. For added security we offer a full money-back guarantee if a recognized authority disputes the authenticity of any object sold. We send paper invoices incorporating a signed certificate of authenticity and photograph of the item. Shipping We send all collectibles Registered, Signed-for and Insured. We do not aim to profit from shipping charges. As volume sellers with preferential rates, we are mostly able to ship at below commercially available prices. For eBay customers If you wish to leave us a note or have a special request for delivery, please do not use the "item notes" on the ebay checkout. Instead, please send your request via the contact seller link. Combined shipping In some cases we can combine multiple items into a single package to save you money. However, If you plan to purchase items over the course of a day or more you must delay payment and let us know after you have purchased the first item. Otherwise all items are sent following cleared payment. Terms and conditions No Sales Tax/VAT will be charged by ourselves. We are not responsible for customs delays/duties. As legitimate sellers, we abide by United Kingdom and European Union Export regulations. We do not mis-describe items on the customs form. Please note that in most countries, antiques and collectibles are eligible for minimal/zero charges on importation. ArtAncient Limited is registered in England no. 06376708 Vat registration no: GB 948 9832 53. Services & Partners: inkFrog Analytics

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