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Late Bronze Age
This terra cotta figurine is an example of votive pottery. Votive works were items given as part of a dedication. This specific figurine comes from the Late Bronze Age period of Cyprus. At this time, votive ceramics were given as part of ceremonies that honored the many gods. These votive figurines are often found in funerary contexts, meaning they were likely dedicated on the occasion of a person’s death. While this figurine is a dog, many other types of figurines were popularly used, such as horses, goats, bulls, and even men on chariots.
To learn more about the art and culture of ancient Cyprus:
Hemingway, Colette, and Seán Hemingway. “Prehistoric Cypriot Art and Culture.” Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2004. http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/pcyp/hd_pcyp.htm