Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Anthropomorphic mask

Period:
Cypro-Archaic II
Date:
ca. 600–480 B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Terracotta; hand-made
Dimensions:
H. 3 3/8 in. (8.5 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.1480
Not on view
The mask is handmade. It has a prominent nose, ridged eyebrows, bulging eyes, small roughly modeled ears, and a circular pellet in the middle of the forehead.
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.214, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 2134, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Karageorghis, Vassos. 1993. The Coroplastic Art of Ancient Cyprus, Vol. 3. p. 112, pl. LXV.3, mask no. 14, Nicosia: Foundation Anasatasios G. Leventis.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Gloria Merker, and Joan R. Mertens. 2016. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art: Terracottas. cat. 233, Online publication, [CD-Rom 2004], New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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