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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. 7 9/16 in. (19.2 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.1548
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.
Said to be from Nicosia-Ayia Paraskevi

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. II.13, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 2010, 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. 16-7, pl. X, no. 15.

Karageorghis, Vassos. 1993. The Coroplastic Art of Ancient Cyprus, Vol. 2. pp. 6-7, pl. IV.5, no. A(ii)10, Nicosia: Foundation Anasatasios G. Leventis.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Gloria Merker, and Joan R. Mertens. 2004. The Cesnola Collection: Terracottas. cat. 11, CD-ROM. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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