Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Terracotta warriors

Period:
Cypro-Archaic II
Date:
6th century B.C.(?)
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Terracotta; hand-made
Dimensions:
H. 5 15/15 in. (15.1 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.1644
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 174
This exceptional group shows a foot soldier, with conical helmet and round shield, beside an archer, with bow and quiver. Summary though it may be, the piece probably reflects political realities in Archaic Cyprus, which experienced successive domination by Assyria, Egypt, and Persian between the end of the eighth and the second half of the sixth century B.C.
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. X.74, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 2102, pp. 344–45, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Myres, John L. 1933. "The Amathus Bowl: A long-Lost Masterpiece of Oriental Engraving." The Journal of Hellenic Studies, 53(1): p. 35, n. 26, p. 36, n. 37.

Karageorghis, Vassos. 1995. The Coroplastic Art of Ancient Cyprus, Vol. 4. no. III(ii)3, p. 137, pl. LXXIX.2, 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. 250, pp. 156–57, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Karageorghis, Vassos. 2006. Aspects of Everyday Life in Cyprus: Iconographic Representations. p. 193, n. 187, Nicosia: Foundation Anasatasios G. Leventis.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Gloria Merker, and Joan R. Mertens. 2016. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art: Terracottas. no. 117, pp. 70–71, Online Publication, [CD-Rom 2004], New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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