Kourotrophoi votives, mother's carrying sons, were dedicated in temples to several mother goddesses, including Demeter as the goddess of agriculture, and Athena as the patron of young men. They may have depicted the goddesses or the human offerers. Such votives have also been found in tombs where they may represent the protection of the deity in the afterlife. For an analysis of the type and examples throughout the Greek world see p. 224ff. in Neils and Oakley, Coming of Age in Ancient Greece, Images of Childhood from the Classical Past.