Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Centaur

Period:
Cypro-Archaic II
Date:
ca. 600–480 B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Terracotta; hand-made
Dimensions:
H. 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.1662
Not on view
Figurines of centaurs are popular in Cypriot art and are often found as offerings in sanctuaries, which suggests that they had some religious significance.
From Cyprus Said to be from a tomb at Idalion

Perrot, Georges and Charles Chipiez. 1885. Histoire de l'Art dans l'Antiquité. t. 3, Phénicie, Cypre. p. 200, fig. 135, 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. XXVII.218, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 2065, p. 341, 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. 25.

Sophocleous, Sophocles. 1985. ""Atlas des représentations chypro-archaiques des divinités." Master's Diss.." Master's Diss. no. 4, p. 23. Paul Aströms Förlag.

Karageorghis, Vassos. 1996. "The Cypro-archaic period monsters, animals and miscellanea." The Coroplastic Art of Ancient Cyprus, Vol. 6. no. A.22, p. 8, pl. VI.3, 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. 255, pp. 158–59, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Gloria Merker, and Joan R. Mertens. 2016. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art: Terracottas. no. 115, pp. 69, 256, Online Publication, [CD-Rom 2004], New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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