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Terracotta head of a veiled woman

Period:
Cypro-Classical II
Date:
4th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek
Medium:
Terracotta; mold-made and handmade
Dimensions:
H. 2 1/16 in. (5.3 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.1494
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 164
The head is mold-made and solid. A mantle covers the head except for the eyes and nose. The edge drops over the forehead in loose pleats and is tightly wrapped diagonally across the face from the right side down to the left, covering the mouth. The fabric is grayish pink, with small sparkling inclusions.
Said to be from the temple of Artemis Paralia at Kition, Cyprus

Strahan, Edward. 1881. "Greek Terra-Cottas from Tanagra and Elsewhere." Scribner's Monthly, 21(5). p. 924, fig. 11.

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. LIII.425, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 2231, p. 358, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Gloria Merker, and Joan R. Mertens. 2016. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art: Terracottas. cat. 326, Online publication, [CD-Rom 2004], New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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