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Female protome-mask

Period:
Late Cypro-Archaic II
Date:
end of the 6th century B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Terracotta; mold-made
Dimensions:
H. 5 5/16 in. (13.5 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.1473
Not on view
The protome-mask is mold-made. It has a pointed nose, a prominent chin, large eyes, and ridged eyebrows. A fringe of curly hair frames the forehead. A ridge above and separated from the hair by a band is probably the edge of a veil.
From Cyprus Said to be from the temple of Apollo Hylates at Kourion

Cesnola, Luigi Palma di. 1894. A Descriptive Atlas of the Cesnola Collection of Cypriote Antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Vol. 2. pl. XXVI.209, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 1460, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Gloria Merker, and Joan R. Mertens. 2004. The Cesnola Collection: Terracottas. cat. 238, CD-ROM. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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