Examples of miniature terracotta goats from Cyprus can be seen in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and other museums across the world. They date to ca 600-480BC. They range from simple, unpainted models to the more sophisticated painted versions which more closely resemble our pieces. They would typically have been used as votive offerings for the gods and possibly as libation vessels.
The image of the goat came into ancient Cypriot art via the Ancient Near East. In Iran, the mountain goat was a common motif used in painted pottery and talismans, dating as far back as the 4th millennium BC. Each tribe attributed its own symbolism and mythology to the mountain goat. For example, in Lorestan the mountain goat symbolised the sun; in ancient Susa, it symbolised prosperity and the god of vegetation. The image of the goat remained prominent throughout pre-historic Persia, and was eventually imported to the Eastern Mediterranean where its image was adopted by Greek islands such as Crete and Cyprus.
The terracotta pieces were made and hand-painted in Greece.
mini terracotta goat
Height: 9.5cm Length:8.5cm Width at widest point of his horns:5.5cm
Very light and fragile!!
about these terracotta pieces
Made in Greece. The decoration and colouring varies slightly on each one.