Twice rescued

Фотография до реставрации Фотография после реставрации

Wall bracket depicting a goddess with the «Hathor’s locks»

  • Cyprus, late 7th – early 6th century B.C.
  • Inv. АТ 3113
  • Clay, slip, paints
  • H. 39,5 cm.
  • Conservators: V. Cheremkhin, 2004; J. Ustinova, 2014

In ancient times in the Middle East the images of goddesses with spiral curls falling on their shoulders were widely known. Such deities include not only Egyptian Hathor, but also Astarte and Anat, who were worshipped in the Levant. This is how the Cyprus Great Mother (later to be called Aphrodite) was depicted, including on wall brackets. According to the researchers, they were fastened to the walls of the sanctuaries as gifts. In the hand of the goddess, there was probably a large flower now lost, like in a similar statue in the Louvre collection. The wall bracket from the Pushkin State collection is unique not only because of its rare iconography, but also because of its wonderfully preserved paintings.

Conservation

The treatments took place in several stages. In 2004, the bracket was cleaned and glued by V. Cheremkhin. In 2014, during the preparation of the exhibition "The Art of Ancient Cyprus", D. Kalinichev managed to find two fragments of the right hand, which were then attached to the bracket by J. Ustinova.