The figure is wearing a long, fitted garment and is seated on a high throne with back rest extending out from behind the shoulders, her feet emerging from beneath her hem on a footrest. Her hair is arranged in rows of curls around her forehead with a high stephane headdress above. She holds a couchant feline in her lap, probably a small lion.
Condition: General surface wear throughout including chipping to the crown and the base. There is some encrustation remaining on the surface, chiefly on the front. The figure has been repaired across the legs and at the neck with some minor infill. There appears to be a repair to the corner of the backrest of the chair behind her left shoulder.
Collection of Basil W.R. Jenkins, (1945 - 2020) Grover Beach, California. Jenkins was formerly curator at the Fowler Museum at UCLA
Such statuettes were made as votives to a deity. It is not always clear whether they represent the deity or the dedicator but these enthroned figures wearing elaborate headdresses, and particularly holding a lion, are probably goddesses. Hundreds of such statues were buried in trenches on the Acropolis after the Persians looted and burned Athens in 480 BC, however the type was manufactured in several places. For a similar example of a goddess with a lion, from Rhodes, now in the British Museum, see R. Higgins, Catalogue of Terracottas in the British Museum, London, 1954, p. 67, no. 132, pl. 24. For others in the Metropolitan Museum New York, see acc. no. 1980.303.5 and 06.1115 (for one holding a small animal).