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Terracotta woman

Period:
Cypro-Archaic II
Date:
ca. 600–480 B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Terracotta; mold-made
Dimensions:
H. 7 9/16 in. (19.2 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.1559
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 174
This figure and 74.51.1579 are associated with the cult of Astarte, the Near Eastern fertility goddess, on Cyprus. A priestess or votary, the woman wears a thin garment and considerable jewelry: ear caps with earrings, a nose ring, and three necklaces, one with a large circular pendant. Her headdress has tassels that frame the forehead. She holds a bird over her abdomen.
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. IX.64, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 2161, p. 352, 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. 215, Lyon: Maison de l'Orient.

Schlossman, Betty L. 1983. "Four Ancient Female Figurines in the Memorial Art Gallery." Porticus, 6: p. 5, fig. 5.

Karageorghis, Vassos. 1998. The Coroplastic Art of Ancient Cyprus: The Cypro-archaic period small female figurines, Vol. 5(B). no. 36, p. 166, 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. 217, p. 144, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Gloria Merker, and Joan R. Mertens. 2004. The Cesnola Collection: Terracottas. cat. 175, CD-ROM. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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