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Terracotta statuette of a horseman

Period:
Early Hellenistic
Date:
3rd century B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Terracotta; mold-made
Dimensions:
H. 7 3/16 in. (18.3 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.1665
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Numerous equestrian figurines have been found on Cyprus; they represent a variety of figures, including the Dioskouroi, Amazons, and Phrygian riders. This example appears to depict a horseman in Persian dress, similar to that shown on the famous Alexander Mosaic from the House of the Faun at Pompeii.
Said to be from the temple of Apollo Hylates at Kourion, Cyprus

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. LXXIII.665, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Winter, Franz. 1903. Die antiken terra-cotten im auftrag des Archäologischen instituts des Deutschen reichs: Die Typen der figürlichen Terrakotten, Vol. 3(2). no. 6, p. 300, Stuttgart: Deutsches Archaologisches Institut.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 2300, p. 361, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

McClees, Helen and Christine Alexander. 1933. The Daily Life of the Greeks and Romans: As Illustrated in the Classical Collections, 5th ed. p. 11, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Riis, P. J. 1942. "A Horseman Figurine from Syria." Acta Archaeologica p. 203.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 439, pp. 272-273, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Gloria Merker, and Joan R. Mertens. 2004. The Cesnola Collection: Terracottas. no. 295, CD-ROM. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 301, pp. 260, 466, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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