in Oxford Art Online
P ublished online January 2003 .
Reference Entry. Subjects: Sculpture and Carving; Art Techniques and Principles; Egyptian and Ancient Near Eastern Art; Greek and Roman Art; Prehistoric Art. 1748 words.
Image of a divinity that served in antiquity as a focal-point for worship and cult rituals. Most cult statues were housed in temples or shrines, although outdoor worship of images is also...