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Terracotta mask of a bearded man

Period:
Cypro-Archaic II
Date:
ca. 600–480 B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Terracotta; handmade
Dimensions:
H. 5 3/8 in. (13.7 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.1700
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
The mask is handmade. It has an elongated face with a long pointed beard, a large prominent nose, small bulging eyes, arched ridged eyebrows, small roughly modeled ears, a small mouth, and a pellet in the middle of the forehead.
From Cyprus, said to be from the temple of Apollo Hylates at Kourion

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. XXVI.216, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 2133, p. 349, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

McClees, Helen. 1920. "Greek Votive Offerings." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 15(2): p. 37.

McClees, Helen and Christine Alexander. 1933. The Daily Life of the Greeks and Romans: As Illustrated in the Classical Collections, 5th ed. pp. 7, 15, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

McClees, Helen and Christine Alexander. 1941. The Daily Life of the Greeks and Romans: As Illustrated in the Classical Collections, 5th ed. pp. 7, 15, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Picard, Charles. 1967. "Sacra Punica: Etude sur les masques et raisons de Carthage." Karthago, 13. p. 44, fig. 44, pl. XIII.

Karageorghis, Vassos. 1993. The Coroplastic Art of Ancient Cyprus, Vol. 3. p. 112, pl. LXV.4, mask no. 15, 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. 222, pp. 146-7, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Gloria Merker, and Joan R. Mertens. 2004. The Cesnola Collection: Terracottas. cat. 235, CD-ROM. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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