Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Terracotta statuette of a monkey or bear

Period:
Cypro-Archaic II
Date:
ca. 600–480 B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Terracotta; handmade
Dimensions:
H. 4 3/16 in. (10.6 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.1639
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
The effect of Cypriot terracottas often derives from the spontaneity and vivacity of the subjects represented. Even if the species is not surely identifiable, this small animal is lithe and alert.
From Cyprus, said to be from a tomb at Ormidhia

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. XXVII.219, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 2066, p. 342, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Karageorghis, Vassos. 1994. "Monkeys and Bears in Cypriote Art." Opuscula Atheniensia, 20: no. f, p. 64, n. 17, fig. 7.

Karageorghis, Vassos. 1996. "The Cypro-archaic period monsters, animals and miscellanea." The Coroplastic Art of Ancient Cyprus, Vol. 6. no. E.b.8, p. 17, pl. IX.1, Nicosia: Foundation Anasatasios G. Leventis.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Gloria Merker, and Joan R. Mertens. 2016. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art: Terracottas. no. 252, pp. 146–47, 260, Online Publication, [CD-Rom 2004], New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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