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Pendant: Female Holding a Child (Kourotrophos)

Object Details

Title:

Pendant: Female Holding a Child (Kourotrophos)

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

Etruscan or Italic

Place:

Italy (Place Created)

Date:

600–550 B.C.

Medium:

Amber

Object Number:

77.AO.84

Dimensions:

130 × 45 × 18 mm, 55.2 g (5 1/8 × 1 3/4 × 11/16 in., 0.1217 lb.)

Credit Line:

Gift of Gordon McLendon

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Object Description

This amber is carved in the shape of a female figure holding a child at her side. The figure is a kourotróphos, a typology for females shown as child-rearers, who carry infants or children. Standing frontally with her right hand at her breast, the woman wears a long, heavy cloak and a conical hat, and both figures are shod in close-fitting boots. Her left forearm emerges from the cloak to embrace the child, who wears the same garments as the mother, but with the mantle pulled over its head.

Provenance
Provenance
- 1977

Gordon McLendon (Dallas, Texas), donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1977.

Bibliography
Bibliography

Causey, Faya. Amber and the Ancient World (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2011), pp. 81, fig. 38.

Causey, Faya. Ancient Carved Ambers in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2012), no. 1.

Montanaro, A.C. "Le ambre figurate in area adriatica tra l'Orientalizzante e l'eta arcaica. Note sui centri di produzione e sulla diffusione di alcune tipologie di manufatti." In The Amber Roads, edited by P.L. Cellarosi, et al (Rome: CNR Edizioni, 2016), pp. 361n12.

Lyons, Claire L. "New Etruscan Gallery premieres at the Getty Villa." Etruscan News 20 (Winter 2018), p. 16, ill.