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Terracotta statuette of woman playing a tympanon

Period:
Late Hellenistic
Date:
2nd–1st century B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Terracotta; mold-made
Dimensions:
h. 7 9/16 in. (19.2 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.1696
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
The figurine is mold-made and hollow. The back is mold-made, but has little detail. She supports an upright tympanon from beneath in her left hand and strikes it with the spread fingers of her right hand.
Said to be from Kythrea, Cyprus

Strahan, Edward. 1881. "Greek Terra-Cottas from Tanagra and Elsewhere." Scribner's Monthly, 21(5). p. 922, fig. 9.

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. VII.50, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 2216, p. 357–58, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Gloria Merker, and Joan R. Mertens. 2016. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art: Terracottas. no. 380, pp. 225–26, 264, Online Publication, [CD-Rom 2004], New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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