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Terracotta head of a man

Period:
Cypro-Archaic II
Date:
ca. 600 B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
H. 11 1/2 in. (29.2 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.1458
  • Description

    The Cesnola Collection is fortunate to have two fine early heads that belonged to full-length figures. Large-scale terracotta sculpture began to be made on Cyprus during the mid-seventh century B.C. Molds were used for the heads, while the bodies were handmade. This bearded head wears the helmetlike headgear that appears on the nearby limestone sculptures. Details are articulated with considerable care, and remaining pigment suggests the liveliness of the figures' original appearance.

  • References

    Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 1457.

    Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 282, pp. 242, 462.

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