Terracotta statuette of a seated African (known as Ethiopian) boy
Late Classical–Early Hellenistic
4th–3rd century B.C.
H. 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm)
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
The figurine is mold-made and hollow. The back is mold-made. A very similar figurine from Kameiros, in the British Museum, is dated to the mid-fifth century B.C. on the basis of the pose.
Said to be from Kourion, Cyprus
Strahan, Edward. 1881. "Greek Terra-Cottas from Tanagra and Elsewhere." Scribner's Monthly, 21(5). fig. 12.
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. LXXXII.739, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.
Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 2320, p. 362, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Beardsley, G.M.H. 1929. The Negro in Greek and Roman Civilization: A Study in the Ethiopian Type. no. 16, p. 17, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press.
Karageorghis, Vassos. 1988. Blacks in Ancient Cypriot Art. p. 50, fig. 48, no. 48, Houston: Menil Foundation.
Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 442, pp. 272, 274, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Hermary, Antoine. 2000. Amathonte: Les figurines en terre cuite, archaïques et classiques, les sculptures en pierre, Vol. 5. p. 105, n. 250, Paris: Éditions Recherché sur les Civilisations.
Karageorghis, Vassos, Gloria Merker, and Joan R. Mertens. 2004. The Cesnola Collection: Terracottas. no. 413, CD-ROM. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.