ninth century B. C., Kition was settled by Phoenician immigrants, who erected a
holy-site to Astarte the Goddess of Plenty, Love and Death. In this
smaller-than-life limestone statue, a sitting woman is probably the cult-image
of the Oriental goddess. The arms of the throne are carried by winged Sphinxes,
the companions of Astarte, whose fronts are shown as fully-dressed masculine
figures. The goddess, with spiral tresses and a long robe, is richly bedecked.
The heavy throat-chain and the artistic earrings in the form of smithied
hangers are characteristic of Cyprus. The enthroned goddess represents a
characteristically Cypriot mixture of styles, with her block form build, her
schematic body shape, her manner of carrying her head and her idolatrous
character. It rejects the ancient East Greek archetypes and shows the
development of Egyptian, Oriental and Greek influences.
A. Bernhard-Walcher u.a., Die Sammlung zyprischer Antiken im KHM. Sammlungskataloge des KHM Bd. 2, Wien 1999 (A. Bernhard-Walcher)
1. Hälfte 6. Jh. v. Chr.
H. 81 cm, B. 54 cm, T. 43 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Antikensammlung
Antikensammlung, I 1548
Popper von Podhragy, Leopold, Wien; früher Slg. Graf Anton von Prokesch-Osten; 1936 Kauf
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