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Terracotta male head

Period:
Cypro-Classical I
Date:
5th century B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Terracotta; mold-made and handmade
Dimensions:
H. 3 1/4 in. (8.2 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.1488
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
The solid head has a mold-made face. The headdress and possibly the beard were added by hand. The head and neck are preserved; the wreath is chipped at the left side. The large eyes are rendered as raised, flat ovals, downturned at the outer corners.
Said to be from the temple of Apollo Hylates at Kourion, Cyprus

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. LXV.585, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 2282, pp. 358, 361, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Gloria Merker, and Joan R. Mertens. 2016. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art: Terracottas. cat. 297, Online publication, [CD-Rom 2004], New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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