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Terracotta statuette of woman with bird face

Period:
Late Cypriot II
Date:
ca. 1450–1200 B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Terracotta; hand-made
Dimensions:
H. 8 3/16 in. (20.80 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.1542
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 173
This figurine is typical of Cypriot coroplastic art of the Late Cypriot II and III periods. The type, with the pubic triangle accentuated and the breasts clearly shown, is likely of Syrian origin, but Cypriot sculptors created their own variations. Handmade and hollow, it has a shaved surface. Her eyes are pellets surrounded by rings. In each large flat ear are two perforations, each containing an earring; the lower ones have overlapping terminals. The infant stretches out its arms and has depressed circles for its eyes.
Said to be from Nicosia-Ayia Paraskevi

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Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 2012, p. 335, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Orphanides, Andreas G. 1983. ""Bronze Age Anthropomorphic Figurines in the Cesnola Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art." Master's Diss.." Master's Diss. pp. 11-2, pl. XI, no. 9.

Merrillees, Robert S. 1988. "Mother and Child: A Late Cypriot Variation on an Eternal Theme." Mediterranean Archaeology, : p. 48.

Karageorghis, Vassos. 1993. The Coroplastic Art of Ancient Cyprus, Vol. 2. p. 6, pl. III.8, no. A(ii)5, Nicosia: Foundation Anasatasios G. Leventis.

Lightfoot, Christopher S. 2000. "The New Cypriot Galleries at The Metropolitan Museum of Art." Minerva, 11(3): pp. 21-3, fig. 17.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 13, pp. 24-25, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 266, pp. 229, 458, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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