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Terracotta statuette of a nude woman

Period:
Cypro-Archaic II
Date:
ca. 600–480 B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Terracotta; mold-made
Dimensions:
H. 7 in. (17.8 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.1552
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
The figure derives from ancient Near Eastern counterparts associated with fertility. The Cypriot piece is more likely to represent a mortal worshipper than a divinity.
From Cyprus, said to be from a tomb at Nicosia-Ayia Paraskevi

Doell, Johannes. 1873. Die Sammlung Cesnola. no. 844, p. 59, pl. XIV.11, St. Petersburg: L’Académie Impérial des Sciences.

Cesnola, Luigi Palma di. 1877. Cyprus: Its Ancient Cities, Tombs, and Temples. A Narrative of Researches and Excavations During Ten Years' Residence in That Island. pl. VI, London: John Murray.

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. III.19, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 2146, p. 350, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Karageorghis, Jacqueline. 1977. La grande déesse de Chypre et son culte à travers l'iconographie de l'époque néolithique au VIème s.a.C.. p. 208, Lyon: Maison de l'Orient.

Sophocleous, Sophocles. 1985. ""Atlas des représentations chypro-archaiques des divinités." Master's Diss.." Master's Diss. no. 1, p. 97. Paul Aströms Förlag.

Karageorghis, Vassos. 1998. The Coroplastic Art of Ancient Cyprus: The Cypro-archaic period small female figurines, Vol. 5(B). no. 38, p. 16, Nicosia: Foundation Anasatasios G. Leventis.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 215, pp. 142–43, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Hermary, Antoine. 2000. Amathonte: Les figurines en terre cuite, archaïques et classiques, les sculptures en pierre, Vol. 5. p. 83, Paris: Éditions Recherché sur les Civilisations.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Gloria Merker, and Joan R. Mertens. 2016. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art: Terracottas. no. 161, pp. 95–96, 258–59, Online Publication, [CD-Rom 2004], New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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