Terracotta figurine with uplifted arms.

750—475 BCE.

London, The British Museum

The Sanctuary of Aphrodite I, Paliapaphos (Kouklia), Cyprus.
These terracottas—small «snowman technique» figurines as well as more elaborate larger statues—testify to the craftmanship of the local coroplastic ateliers, and at the same time help to elucidate the history of the cult. The image of the «goddess with uplifted arms»—possibly introduced in the eleventh century BC from Crete and dominant amongst the votives—points to a strong Aegean influence upon the original fertility cult.
© 2004 Photo, text: Maier F.G. “Guide to Paliapaphos (Kouklia)”. Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation. Nikosia. P. 45—46.
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