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Terracotta head of a goddess

Period:
Cypro-Classical II
Date:
4th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Cypriot
Medium:
Terracotta; mold-made and handmade
Dimensions:
H. 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.1490
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
The head, a variant of the Kition goddess type, is hollow, with a mold-made face; the headdress and veil were added by hand. The back is handmade, flattened, and concave behind the headdress.
Said to be from the Salt Lake near Larnaca, 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. LII.413, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 2203, p. 357, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Monloup, Thérèse. 1994. Les terres cuites classiques: un sanctuaire de la grande déesse. Salamine de Chypre., Vol. 14. p. 33, n. 115, Paris: Diffusion de Boccard.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Gloria Merker, and Joan R. Mertens. 2016. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art: Terracottas. cat. 310, Online publication, [CD-Rom 2004], New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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