Limestone statue of a veiled female votary

Period: Late Hellenistic or Republican

Date: 1st century B.C.

Culture: Cypriot

Medium: Limestone

Dimensions: Overall: 76 x 24 x 13 in. (193 x 61 x 33 cm)

Classification: Stone Sculpture

Credit Line: The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76

Accession Number: 74.51.2456


The woman represented by this statue is a female votary wearing tunic and cloak, the latter drawn over her head. This votive statue belongs to a group of Late Hellenistic works representing draped female figures, known as the "Herculaneum Maiden" type, after the site where such pieces became known at an early date. They stand imposingly and are dressed, according to Late Classical tradition, in a chiton and a himation. The body and head of this figure are broken in the back, and the feet are missing.