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Terracotta figure

Period:
Cypro-Archaic II
Date:
ca. 600–480 B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Terracotta; mold-made
Dimensions:
H. 6 in. (15.2 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.1565
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 174
In the early archaeological literature on the Cesnola Collection, this figure was often considered a bearded Aphrodite. Although the garment and pose recall representations of Astarte, the subject is probably male.
Perrot, Georges and Charles Chipiez. 1885. Histoire de l'Art dans l'Antiquité. t. 3, Phénicie, Cypre. fig. 383, Paris: Hachette.

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. XXVIII.228, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 2159, p. 352, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Sophokleous, Sophoklēs. 1985. ""Atlas des représentations chypro-archaiques des divinités." Master's Diss.." Master's Diss. p. 80, pl. XLIV.3. Paul Aströms Förlag.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 219, pp. 144-5, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Gloria Merker, and Joan R. Mertens. 2004. The Cesnola Collection: Terracottas. cat. 169, CD-ROM. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Christou, Sandra. 2012. Sexually Ambiguous Imagery in Cyprus from the Neolithic to the Cypro-Archaic Period, BAR International, 2329. p. 60, fig. 6.18, Oxford: Archaeopress.

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