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Terracotta comic mask

Period:
Early Hellenistic
Date:
late 4th–early 3rd century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Cypriot
Medium:
Terracotta; mold-made
Dimensions:
H. 1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.1520
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 161
The mask corresponds to one of the types of a youth in so-called New Comedy at the end of the fourth century B.C. The two small holes at the top indicate that the piece was probably suspended.
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.208, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 2342, p. 362, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Gloria Merker, and Joan R. Mertens. 2004. The Cesnola Collection: Terracottas. cat. 401, CD-ROM. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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