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Pottery Figurines: The Development of a Coroplastic Art in Chalcolithic Cyprus

Elizabeth Goring
Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research
No. 282/283, Symposium: Chalcolithic Cyprus (May - Aug., 1991), pp. 153-161
DOI: 10.2307/1357268
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1357268
Page Count: 9
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Abstract

During the 1987 excavation season at Kissonerga-Mosphilia, the Lemba Archaeological Project discovered a ritual deposit comprising some 50 objects packed in and around a bowl in the form of a building model. The objects included 18 figurines. This article discusses the eight pottery figurines and considers the new evidence they have contributed to our understanding of the coroplastic art of Chalcolithic Cyprus. A brief survey of the general development of coroplasty during the period is followed by a more detailed presentation of the figurines from the deposit. Based on the evidence of their iconography and wear patterns it is suggested that all the figurines were associated with childbirth, and were perhaps used as teaching aids to explain the events that would occur during parturition or in connection with some kind of ritual that took place during the event itself.

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