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Bronze Votary Possibly Depicting a Priestess - FZ.050
Origin: Spain
Circa: 600 BC to 400 BC
Dimensions: 2.5" (6.4cm) high x 1.375" (3.5cm) wide
Catalogue: V1
Collection: Classical
Style: Iberian
Medium: Bronze

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The elaborate costume that adorns this votive figure is perhaps that of a priestess or a pilgrim, for it strongly resembles similar robes found in religious art of the Syrian east. She wears a tall, conical hat with a veil flowing behind, which may have ritual significance. But it is the woman's hands--palms outstretched--that most rivet our attention, as they were meant to capture that of the gods. She beseeches a perpetual favor on behalf of the person who offered her to unknown deities centuries ago. We can only wonder if that wish was granted. - (FZ.050)

 

 

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