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Terracotta statuette of a seated woman playing a kithera

Late Hellenistic
2nd–1st century B.C.
Terracotta; mold-made and hand-made
h. 5 7/16 in. (13.8 cm)
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
The figurine is mold-made and hollow. She sits with her legs nearly frontal but her head and torso turned toward the kithara, which is propped on the seat at her left side.
Said to be from Kition or the Salt Lake near Larnaca, 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. XXXIV.283, 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). p. 138, Stuttgart: Deutsches Archaologisches Institut.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 2229, p. 357, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 440, p. 273, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Gloria Merker, and Joan R. Mertens. 2016. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art: Terracottas. no. 381, pp. 226, 264, Online Publication, [CD-Rom 2004], New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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