The Artemision of Cyrene
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The Artemision in 1928, after Pernier 1931 Cyrene site planPlan of Cyrene with the Artemision indicated in orange. Thesauros of the 2nd Artemision, after Pernier 1931

The Artemision of Cyrene. The Terracottas

Between 1928 and 1930 Luigi Pernier and Carlo Anti conducted excavations at the temple of Artemis in the sanctuary of Apollo. A rich votive deposit was found in association with a primitive oikos that underlay the late classical temple. This contained fragments of late 7th and 6th century pottery, as well as objects of gold, silver, bronze, glass, amber, bone and, ivory. A handful of fragmentary terracotta figurines also was found and included part of a female head and the head of a bird.

Sometime between the end of the 5th and the beginning of the 4th century B.C. the temple of Artemis was rebuilt over the primitive oikos. A thesauros, or treasury, was constructed against the outside north wall of the second Artemision, presumably when that later building was erected. An abundant accumulation of votive objects was recovered from this thesauros, including miniature vessels, fragments of a few objects in bronze, alabaster, and glass paste, a small, female head in limestone, and some nine fragments of terracotta figurines representing seated females and possibly one standing female. The types span the 5th century proper and very possibly remained in production into the 4th century B.C.

                                                                    - Source, L. Pernier, "L'Artemision di Cirene," in Africa Italiana 1931:4, pp. 173-228

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