Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Terracotta female musician

Period:
Cypro-Archaic II
Date:
ca. 600–480 B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Terracotta; wheel-made, hand-made, and mold-made
Dimensions:
H. 6 3/4 in. (17.2 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.1679
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 174
Musicians appear frequently among Cypriot limestone and terracotta sculptures. In real life, one of their major functions was to accompany dancers, ritual and secular. One of the figures plays a tambourine, the other probably a triangle. The style of the tambourine player is associated with a sanctuary at Kamelarga in Larnaca; that of the other musician probably also.
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. VI.43, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 2030, p. 339, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A., Grace Crowfoot, and Donald Benjamin Harden. 1956. "Part I: Ceramics from c. 700 B.C. to the Fall of the Roman Empire." A History of Technology: The Mediterranean Civilizations and the Middle Ages, c. 700 B.C. to c. A.D. 1500, Vol. 2, Charles Singer, Eric John Holmyard, Alfred Rupert Hall, and Trevor Williams, eds. p. 276–77, fig. 262, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Karageorghis, Jacqueline. 1977. La grande déesse de Chypre et son culte à travers l'iconographie de l'époque néolithique au VIème s.a.C.. p. 205, Lyon: Maison de l'Orient.

1991. "Of Drums and Damsels: Women's Performance in Ancient Israel." Biblical Archaeologist, 54(1). p. 20.

Karageorghis, Vassos. 1998. The Coroplastic Art of Ancient Cyprus: The Cypro-archaic period small female figurines, Vol. 5(A). no. 31, p. 71, pl. XLIX.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. 232, p. 149, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Gloria Merker, and Joan R. Mertens. 2016. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art: Terracottas. no. 191, pp. 113, 258–59, Online Publication, [CD-Rom 2004], New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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