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Figure of a warrior (bichrome ware)
Iron Age, Cypro-Archaic I 750 BC-600 BC

fired clay
12.6 × 8.3 × 5.6 cm
Place/s of Execution
Accession Number
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1968
Gallery location
Not on display
The figurine is made from a column of hollow white clay with one arm and the head moulded from this single piece. A second arm has been attached and this arm also supports a large circular shield. The shield is painted in a radiating design of red bands and concentric black circles and has a central boss. A nose is moulded from the face, but the eyes, mouth, facial hair and head hair are painted on in black. The body is decorated in red and blank horizontal band and a red cross is painted around the chest. The right arm has been broken at the shoulder, but its positioning suggests it may have been upraised. Suggested in stockbook that the figurine is a "toy soldier" and that this arm would have held a sword.