Bronze statue of a praying priestess (Nuraghic complex of Albucciu)

The votive bronze statuette, 13.1 cm high, discovered on the terrace of the Albucciu Nuraghe, is displayed in the Nuraghic hall of the National Museum G.A. Sanna of Sassari.

The author of the excavation and of the discovery during the early sixties of the last century was archaeologist Maria Luisa Ferrarese Ceruti (fig. 1).

Fig. 1 - Nuraghe Albucciu (from

The bronze statuette apparently reproduces a priestess with a conical hat and an ample cloak placed on her shoulders, dressed in a short tunic and a neck chube closed below the chin (figs. 2, 3, 4). Her face is characterised by round eyes, aquiline nose and ears in relief.

The legs are made in a single block, while her toes are just outlined by parallel incisions.

She holds a bowl in her left hand, while with her right hand she makes a gesture of prayer. The hypothesis that she may instead be a ranking figure in an offering stance cannot be entirely ruled out. It is made of bronze by the technique of lost wax casting.

It is dated to the Iron Age (X-VII century B.C.).

Figs. 2, 3, 4 - Bronze offering figurine in front and profile view (from ANTONA 2013, p. 105).


  • ANTONA A., Arzachena. Pietre senza tempo, Sassari 2013, pp. 103-105.
  • ANTONA RUIU A., FERRARESE CERUTI M.L., Il nuraghe Albucciu e i monumenti di Arzachena, Guide e itinerari, 19, Sassari 1992, pp. 38-58.
  • FOIS A., Sacerdote (?) orante e offerente-scheda 16, in MORAVETTI A., ALBA E., FODDAI L. (a cura di), La Sardegna Nuragica. Storia e materiali, Sassari 2014, p. 400.