Great Lady Offerant

Illustration

James Blake Wiener
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published on 02 November 2017

This almost life-sized female sculpture is carved in the round in an offerant pose. It dates from the 3rd century BCE, and it is ancient Iberian in origin. It was found at the Shrine of Cerro de los Santos (Montealegre del Castillo, Albacete), Spain. Made from limestone, she is wearing three superimposed tunic, the top of one fastened at the neck with a La Tène-type fibula, and a heavy outer cloak. The rich ornaments indicate the wearer's social status, while ringlets and an elaborate wig form coils around the face. The clothing and ornaments identify the wearer as a young woman being presented to a deity as part of the rite of passage from childhood to womanhood. (Museo Arqueológico Nacional, Madrid)



About the Author

James Blake Wiener
James is a writer and former Professor of History. He holds an MA in World History with a particular interest in cross-cultural exchange and world history. He is a co-founder of Ancient History Encyclopedia and its Communications Director.

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