Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Shield bearer

Period:
Cypro-Archaic II
Date:
ca. 600–480 B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Terracotta; hand-made
Dimensions:
H. 6 9/16 in. (16.7 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.1654
Not on view
The cylindrical body, flaring at the bottom, is handmade and solid. His right forearm is missing.

Military representations were popular in the Cypro-Archaic period. During the seventh and sixth centuries B.C., foreign soldeirs were present on Cyprus. Cypriots also served as mercenaries in foreign armies. Contemporaneous Assyrian art often depicted military themes.
From Cyprus Said to be from Idalion

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. XXXI.258, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 2101, p. 344, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Gloria Merker, and Joan R. Mertens. 2016. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art: Terracottas. no. 125, pp. 76, 257, Online Publication, [CD-Rom 2004], New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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