August 13, 2014

Princeton University Art Museum’s Latest Acquisition


ART ACQUISITION: Princeton University Art Museum has received this ancient item of terra-cotta artwork. It’s the head of a woman, perhaps a priestess, and it dates to 600 B.C. According to University scholars, the head, which was part of a statue that stood in a sanctuary at Idalion, on the island of Cyprus, was discovered in the 19th century and was used in the cult of Aphrodite, “whose worship was widespread on Cyprus, where she was associated with the Semitic goddess Ishtar/Astarte.” She wears a beaded choker, ear-rings, and a garlanded diadem, on which traces of paint survive.(Image from PUAM Web Site)